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Agile Project Management for Research (313)


26 and 27 October 2022

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr Thomas Teichler


The advanced Agile project management (PM) workshop is aimed at researchers working with a team of other researchers. It places high value on individuals, on collaboration and on the ability to respond quickly to change. Agile project management (PM) is an approach to PM that turns the traditional academic approach "upside down". Instead of extensive background research, planning, preparation, testing, feedback and revision that are time-consuming, Agile PM breaks projects down into smaller working blocks, that are continuously delivered and implemented within short time frames, to ensure incremental improvements throughout the process. During the course of this workshop, participants will have the chance to bring their own research projects and work on challenges they have encountered while leading these projects.


Participants should have previously followed a Project Management training course.


Building on the concepts and learnings from the Fundamentals PM workshop, participants will:

  • Learn key concepts of Agile project management such as user, product backlog, or sprint and transfer them to the research environment,
  • Apply the Agile method to plan and manage a project with multiple team members,
  • Work on project team essentials incl. trust, roles and responsibilities, and communication,
  • Analyze the stakeholder setting and devise ways to systematically handle stakeholders,
  • Lead collaborative problem-solving sessions and facilitate team meetings
  • Learn how to address conflicts potentially arising during the implementation of a project by pro-actively designing work agreements, actively listen, using principles of non-violent communication, and by giving powerful feedback,
  • Identify interdependencies and risks, as well as ways to mitigate them.




University of Lausanne


Date: Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th October 2022

Schedule: 9 am to 5 pm

Location: University of Lausanne



Dr Thomas Teichler is a certified Co-active coach, trainer and consultant on leadership, team development, and change management. After a few years with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants he set up his own market research and coaching business, before writing a PhD about science cooperation in the high-tech and security sector at the European University Institute in Florence. As a policy consultant Thomas worked for the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research at Manchester Business School in the UK and for Technopolis Group in Germany. He advised the European Commission, national governments and international organizations on research and innovation policy. He trains doctoral students and post-docs at universities in Switzerland and Germany, as well as the Max Planck Society.



Participants are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train between the city of their university and the location of the workshop (half-fare card, 2nd class).



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