Welcome to UCD Agile

UCD Agile is a unit created to support the university community in making UCD a better place to teach, research, work and learn.  In this, Agile's focus is both on how we enhance processes and procedures and on our culture - the commitment, collaboration and creativity that shapes this aspect of University life.

Agile was created of out UCD's 2015-2020 strategy through the initiative to 'increasing agility and effectiveness' in our processes and procedures (see UCD Strategy 2015-2020 for more details).

Why Agile as a unit name?  Agility implies energy, responsiveness, adaptability, quick-wittedness, flexibility, and more, characteristics that are evident in many aspects of how the University operates.  Agile's objectives are to nurture these aspects of the UCD culture and to further develop our capabilities in continuous improvement and operational excellence.

Agile, as a small unit, aims to be both a catalyst and a collaborator, and offers a spectrum of supports 'from coffee... to project' - some colleagues are just beginning to explore ideas and opportunities, others are looking to carry out concrete work.  The best way to find out what Agile does and how it can help is to contact us and we can talk. 

Looking at process enhancement activity, we began work on the ground in February 2016.  Agile uses the Lean methodology as the structured process enhancement approach, one we promote and develop in UCD.  A first cycle of projects ran from March 2016 to August 2016, helping us grow UCD's experience and stories.  A second cycle of projects started in October 2016.  

We are using a 'learning through doing' approach - these project cycles shape what we do, the services we provide and the evolution of our strategy. This has been a good way, in our first year, to gain experience of Lean, of how we can provide training, and of how the University can manage the opportunities arising.  Agile is about much more than large scale projects and so our focus will broaden to supporting smaller projects and initiatives in year two.

As part of our commitment to the UCD community, Agile is sponsoring UCD's Work Smarter Together and the WST Communities of Practice. To find out more please visit worksmartertogether.ucd.ie.

If you would like to know more about Agile please get in touch by mail or by phone. Contact details are here.

Always happy to meet at a spot on the 'coffee... to project' spectrum, we in Agile look forward to hearing from you.

Michael Sinnott
Director of Agile
Stiúrthóir UCD Inniúil


If you would like to know more about our formal remit and how we fit into University structures then check Agile Terms of Reference Updated Oct 17 (PDF)

We want to hear from you! If you want to get in touch visit our contact page to send us a message.