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Advanced Agile Project Management for Research (321)


30 October 2019

Lang EN Workshop language is English

Dr Donatella Canella ; 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.


Learning outcomes

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

• apply key concepts of Agile project management in a research environment,
• plan and manage a project with multiple team members,
• implement project team essentials incl. trust, communication structures, roles and responsibilities
• address issues and conflicts arising within their team
• analyze the stakeholder setting and devise ways to handle stakeholders
• lead collaborative problem-solving sessions.


University of Lausanne


Date: Wednesday 30th October 2019

Schedule: 9 am to 5 pm

Location: University of Lausanne


Donatella is a certified Co-active coach and Leadership trainer and consultant. She also serves as faculty for The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the largest in-person coaching and training institute in the world. She is visiting faculty for the full-time MBA program at the Ecole des Ponts in Paris and a managing partner for the Human Centric Leaders, an international alliance of cross functional leadership and team coaching experts.
Donatella is passionate about individuals, teams and organizations seeking clarity and focus during times of change and uncertainty. Her work centres on leadership development, team dynamics, and career transition.
Donatella holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from Michigan State University, USA and has worked at top universities in both Europe and the US, where she has served for 15 years as scientist, project manager, mentor and trainer and has published several scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

Thomas 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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