Improving Research Development Using Agile Tools

Nicholas Cook - Research Development Manager, University of Bath

It is a perennial issue for University research offices; is it better to place research support services centrally or locally within faculties? Centralising brings cost efficiencies by avoiding duplication. Decentralised structures however enable schools and faculties to direct their own resource toward their own priorities, bringing support services closer to the academic user. University of Bath Research and Innovation Service is currently undergoing a transition to work more closely and in partnership with faculties, while maintaining our centralised structure. We have used Agile methodologies to take a fresh look at our ways of working and how we operate. In time this will enable us to be more driven by our faculties’ goals and to increase our effort on more ambitious, internationally competitive research development activity. ‘Agile’ was originally created in 2001, as an iterative approach to deliver software products which better align to customer needs. Twenty years on Agile is no longer just an ‘IT thing’, finding application in a wide array of contexts. This Pecha Kucha provides a snap shot of our progress and gives examples of how Agile concepts and methodologies can be applied to enhance the research development function.

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Room Fintry
Time 14:00 - 15:15
Date Tuesday 5th June, 2018
Theme Developing Research Proposals
Style Pecha Kucha
Speakers Nicholas Cook - Research Development Manager, University of Bath