Speaker Guidelines: Business Process Management Conference Europe

2021 Call For Speakers
The deadline for submissions has been extended to 9 April 2021
This is going to be a virtual conference

The conference will be live streamed and we will be asking all speakers to either pre-record their presentations or present them live on the day remotely.


Presentation proposals are now being accepted for our virtual 16th Annual Business Process Management Conference Europe 2021, 11-14 October. The conference is produced by IRM UK, in association with the Process Renewal Group, and supported by BPTrends, and will again be co-located with the Enterprise Architecture Conference Europe 2021.

Do you or any of your team have a formal presentation to contribute to this conference? Speakers will be entitled to attend the conference days (12-13 October) free of charge.

There will also be a Business Architecture Track at the conference so we also invite you to submit proposals around this topic as well using the same link at the bottom of this page.

IRM UK’s BPM Conference is Europe’s premier independent gathering for managers, architects and practitioners involved in Business and Process Architecture, Design, Improvement, Governance and Expert Support. It provides valuable insights in a popular forum and incorporates sharing practical experiences and various perspectives on BPM. Presenters and delegates alike typically attend from all over Europe, and the rest of the world, to explore each other’s experiences of what works best (and what doesn’t), and to share experiences, thoughts and ideas on how BPM will continue to evolve into a continually evolving future. It is both a celebration of BPM’s proven contribution to raising business effectiveness and leveraging strategic influence, and a stimulating look at how we can advance these trends even further.

Our delegates have always expressed a strong preference for how-to topics and case studies rather than mostly theoretical or abstract concepts. We would particularly like practitioners in the BPM field to respond to this call for papers, and to encourage their peers to apply also. Success stories where investing in BPM has resulted in measurable business benefits are very much preferred, however we want to hear your story no matter where you are on the journey of implementing BPM practices.

Case Studies

Case study proposals involving participants engaged in BPM efforts associated with the topics listed below will be given preference in the selection process. If you are a consultant or technology vendor, your selection will be greatly aided by co-presenting with a client from an operational business or non-profit agency addressing the client challenge. Real experiences from practitioners in real organisations are always better attended and received more positively.

If you have a great BPM and/or Business Architecture related story to tell, we would love to hear from you. Your peers will appreciate your inspirational stories and real-world case studies of how BPM/Business Architecture works best in all kinds of industries and all types of enterprises – corporations, SMEs, charities, public sector, national and local government.

We will be choosing keynotes, conference sessions and workshops on the following themes and topics. If you have something we’ve not covered below, please tell us.

Themes & Topics

The following outlines the themes for virtual BPM Europe 2021. The topics shown will be used as a guide for our selection of speakers. Topics similar to or related to those shown will be considered as well if they support the overall message of Business Innovation and Transformation through Process Management. Please don’t forget that you can also submit for the Business Architecture track.

Better Business Process Architectures: Value Streams, Business Capabilities and Alignment Advanced Process Analysis and Design: Techniques for Business Architects and Analysts
These sessions will focus on process architecture models and their interaction with other related models required for business architecture alignment. These sessions will focus on proven and innovative methods that business analysts and architects will need to be successful in their practices.
  • Defining a value-focused process architecture
  • Design for business agility
  • Reusable Business capabilities and adaptable processes
  • Assuring process and performance traceability to the business strategy
  • Concept models as an architectural baseline
  • Developing a performance scorecard
  • Business and process governance Model management and standards
  • Heatmapping for change prioritization
  • Aligning process improvement projects with the architecture
  • Innovative techniques in process analysis, modelling and improvement
  • Using Agile methods in BPM
  • Following the data end to end
  • Process analysis and design templates
  • Process modelling techniques, notations and documentation
  • Decision management and business rules in processes
  • Designing agile business processes
  • Leveraging process models in agile software development
  • The process design toolkit
  • Aligning business processes with business capabilities
Creating Customer and Stakeholder Value The People in the Process: Structural and Behavioural Imperatives
These sessions will focus on delivering measurable value to the recipients of our products and services and other involved stakeholders. It will focus on an outside-in approach to optimise the journey. These sessions will focus on the cultural and organization sides of business change. They will delve into the execution of cross functional business processes in a fast-changing enterprise.
  • Stakeholder analysis
  • Value determination
  • Customer Needs and expectations
  • Customer Experience
  • Outside-in process design
  • Value process mapping: Chains, streams, stages, processes and measurement
  • Customer journey mapping
  • User stories and storytelling
  • Balancing customer value with compliance and risk
  • Adaptable, resilient organization structures to support end-to-end processes
  • Assessing human readiness to realize cultural change
  • Getting executives to understand strategic process management for agility
  • Changing operational behaviours for collaboration
  • Is self-managed for you?
  • Interconnected value chains – many companies – one customer
  • Getting executives on the same page
  • Process governance over performance and change
  • The process management CoE: What, who and when?
Managing Compliance and Risk through Process Assessment and Redesign Business Process Digitalization: Business Models and Enabling Technologies
There is a growing need to become compliant to new and changing regulations and the need to mitigate risk. Better methods of doing so are critical for many organizations today. These sessions will focus on automation potential for the digital customer experience with new digitalized processes as well as opportunities for renewed business and operating models.
  • The use of an overarching process map to provide the basis for risk assessment.
  • Just enough controls in process design.
  • Concurrently tackling compliance and process improvement
  • Governance and sustainment of compliance
  • Interpreting regulations and reporting to the regulator.
  • Defining Key Risk Indicators.
  • Incorporating new compliance data requirements into process redesign
  • Managing compliance projects with a deadline
  • Connecting the dots digitally.
  • Value stream innovation through disruptive technologies
  • The omni-channel challenge
  • The criticality of data quality in digital processes.
  • New technologies to enable business model transformation
    • RPA, Machine learning and AI
    • IoT
    • Blockchain
    • Workflow automation.
    • Business rules and decision engines
    • Data analytics
  • New digital business models

Speaker Benefits Include:

  • Establish your profile in the BPM and Enterprise Architecture community
  • Attend the conference without charge
  • Gain registration discounts for your colleagues
  • Network with peers and build excellent professional relationships
  • Share thoughts and experiences with a qualified and motivated audience
  • Discover the rewards of sharing your expertise and informing others
  • Create new business opportunities for yourself and your organisation

The Deadline for Submissions has been extended to 9 April 2021

Please read the Speaker Guidelines below carefully before preparing your abstract, and submit your proposal in the Application Form Section accessed at the bottom of this page.

Section 2: Speaker Guidelines:

We are looking for:

  • 30 minute conference sessions (plan for 45 minutes speaking time, to allow for questions)
  • Pre and Post Conference Workshops (3 hours or 6 hours)
  • Keynotes (plan for 45 minutes speaking time, to allow for questions)

We’re always delighted by the number and diversity of submissions we receive. In designing the programme and choosing submissions we take a wide range of factors into account, including feedback from previous conferences and the need to provide an independent, diverse and balanced event.

A shortlist of the most promising abstracts is sent to an advisory panel, drawn from BPM specialists and corporate practitioners, for comment before a final decision is made on the programme.

Please submit your abstract directly on our website using the submission form at the bottom of this page. You may submit more than one abstract.

Your abstract should be kept to the 150 word limit, clearly outlining your content plus 3-5 bullet points at the end to summarise your key messages as to what delegates will learn. Copy must be written in 3rd person. Abstracts that are consistent with this requirement are much more likely to be considered seriously so please take care in writing your description. Bear in mind that your abstract needs to be sufficiently polished for inclusion on the website and in the conference brochure and must achieve the following objectives:

  • Provide enough information for us to evaluate your submission relative to others. To aid the evaluation, you may include additional relevant information in section 3C of the submission form.
  • Be attractive to conference attendees and help them to select the sessions most valuable to them, given their interests and level of maturity of their architecture experience.

Based on previous conference feedback and programme assessments, here are some tips to help you maximise your chances of being selected.


  • Be specific and concrete about what you will be presenting and how the audience will benefit from it. Do use the bullet points at the end to highlight the key takeaways.
  • Demonstrate real-world achievements, showing examples of BPM content if possible, and describing outcomes from applying it.
  • Highlight critical success factors and key learning points
  • Push the envelope. Aim to stretch the audience with fresh insights and the benefit of your own experience. Or present a topic that would fully engage people at the CIO and CXO level.
  • Ensure that your presentation is really relevant to this conference. If your talk majors on a specialised topic, you should position it clearly in an overall BPM context.
  • Choose a title for the talk that clearly conveys the content of it


  • Pitching specific products
  • Stating messages that are obvious
  • Exceeding the word count limit
  • Trying to cover too much ground in the time available
  • Putting forward unsubstantiated theories or opinions
  • Using vague abstractions and jargon.

If you have presented recently at this conference on similar subject matter, we suggest that you use section 3C of the submission form to indicate how this presentation is different from what you have presented before. We welcome the opportunity to show how BPM efforts are progressing over time or how ideas are evolving.

If you feel your submission is suitable for both BPM and the co-located EAC event, please indicate this. We will then decide where to slot it in, if it is selected.

If you are not sure whether your idea is suitable or not, please feel free to contact us to discuss it before making your submission. We can also help you refine your abstracts, and also can review your presentation decks when the time comes for you to produce them, provided that you do this well ahead of the deadline dates.

You will be notified whether your submission has been accepted by end of April.

Please direct any questions regarding submissions to shane@irmuk.co.uk

Sponsorship opportunities are available . Please contact shane@irmuk.co.uk.

The Deadline for Submissions has been extended to 9 April 2021

Click here to submit your proposal by completing the Application Form