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Tue, Jul 26



Brown Bag: Solving Research Problems the Agile Way

Agile Project Management is a tested process for breaking work down into iterative cycles that allow for rapid response to change and disruption. At our next Brown Bag event, learn how Agile tools can help you avoid some disasters, and recover better from the ones you can’t avoid.

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Brown Bag: Solving Research Problems the Agile Way

Time & Location

Jul 26, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT


About the Event

Have you ever struggled with a project that went pear-shaped? We can’t plan for everything, but we do want to set ourselves up for the best possible outcome. Maybe a part of your project took longer than you anticipated. Perhaps you lost a significant resource. Perhaps you are stumped about how to connect with collaborators or research subjects. Maybe you are considering how and when to communicate unexpected results. For team projects, you might be struggling with how to ensure every voice is heard and considered.

These kinds of human and process challenges are why Agile was created. Born within the software development world, Agile has found application across all industries, including in academia. Agile offers a proven suite of tools and practices that aims to simplify and democratize project management. Further, Agile provides a distributed model of ownership and accountability that has the potential to empower teams and enable a more rapid response to roadblocks and challenges.

At this Brown Bag event, our panelists will discuss how several commonly used Agile practices can be applied in academia. You may already be using tools in your regular work that draw from key Agile principles without even knowing it. Agile centers people over processes and prioritizes flexibility over rigidly following plan.

While our Brown Bag panelists come from very different backgrounds, they approach project management in similar ways. Bring questions for our panelists about how Agile can improve the project management process at any scale.


Jet LeBlanc was an Agile coach and trainer for a large software company before joining ATG. She brings years of practical experience with running teams of various sizes and communicating effectively across all levels of an organization.

Anne Maglia, PhD., is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), associate vice chancellor for research and integrity at UMass Lowell, and president of National Association for Research Development Professionals (NORDP).

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