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February 2022: Work Smarter Together March event

We're delighted to announce our next WST event on 14 March with the theme of Working in the Distributed Office. We have an interesting line-up of speakers including both our IT and China Joint Colleges Office colleagues the Unified Support Model and the Activity Based Working pilot in Ardmore House with opening remarks by Prof. Barbara Dooley
For details, see Work Smarter Together and you can book a place via Eventbrite.

November 2021: Lean HE Ireland: The November Focus Sessions

We are delighted to announce a series of sessions starting on 25th November, hosted by members of the Lean HE Ireland Network, including colleagues from Dublin City University, University College Cork, Queen's University Belfast and UCD. Full details are avaialble here: Lean HE Ireland: The November 2021 Focus Sessions.  There is no need to register for the sessions, just use the link displayed for each session.  

October 2021: Recap on Work Smarter Together October event on Hybrid Working

We were delighted to see so many of you at the recent WST event on Hybrid Working.  If you missed it, or would lke a recap, you'll find videos and presentations on WST October event on Hybrid Working: Recap

October 2021: New DO training sessions

We have a new round of Distributed Office (DO) training in October/November.  Included for the first time is our new DO Lean series. For more, see Distributed Office (DO) training sessions.  All sessions can be booked from the InfoHub Booking Centre.

September 2021: Work Smarter Together October event on Hybrid Working

We're delighted to announce our next WST event on 20th October with the theme of Hybrid Working. We'll have an interesting line-up of external speakers and our own UCD colleagues from IT Services (EAG) and the Innovation Academy.  For details, see Work Smarter Together and you can book a place via Eventbrite

August 2021: Work Smarter Together news

Following a successful Work Smarter Together Summer School in July, we are now busy planning our annual WST October event which will take place on 20th October. We'll have a guest speaker on the hot topic of hybrid working - more details to follow.  Our August WST Newslettter is now available - you'll find a recap of the WST Summer School, an update from the Orientation and the Student Desk teams, plus lots more from around UCD.

May 2021: WST Summer School

This years' WST Summer School is scheduled to run from Tuesday 13 - Thursday 14 July. As always, will include a mix of sessions with UCD colleagues, the emphasis on training, workshopping and networking events.  Click here for more, inlcuding details of how to register for the Yellow Belt training running as part of the Summer School.

April 2021: New training offerings

We have new Lean offerings - Yellow Belt and Lean Practitioner - along with Distributed Office training, in April and May.  See Work Smarter Together for more details. 

March 2021: WST21 Recap

Over 500 people registered for and participated in WST21. It really was a great demonstration of collegiality at a distance and an uplifting week to be part of! Visit Work Smarter Togerther  for a recap, or to watch the videos for any sessions you missed.

February 2021: Registration is now open for WST21: Work smart while being apart

We're excited to have a full line-up of online events during the week of 08-12 March - we hope you can join us for some or all of these. You'll hear from UCD colleagues, along with inspiring guest speakers, on what it takes to 'work smart while being apart'. Details of how to register, along with the full programme of events, is on the Work Smarter Together website.  

January 2021: Announcing WST21: 'Work smart while being apart'

Work Smarter Together 2021 (WST21) will deliver a week of events during 08 – 12 March that will bring you, the UCD community, together to hear from each other as well as some guest speakers about what it takes to “work smart while being apart”.  With this as our theme, WST21 is an opportunity to celebrate the creativity, innovation and collaboration across the University during what can only be described as an unprecedented year.  See Work Smarter Together for more details on how you can participate.  

January 2021: New Distributed Office and Lean Training

To start the New Year, we are running a new series of Distributed Office and Lean Training sessions.  Along with existing offerings on Workshopping Remotely, Streamlining Meetings and Ad hoc query resolution - our new DO sessions include: 

  • Getting to the root of a problem
  • Joining a Team Remotely 
  • Painting the Customer Picture

Check Work Smarter Together for more details and how to book. 

We also have a Yellow Belt session on February 9th and 11th (two mornings), along with a Lean Practitioner course for those who have already completed their Yellow Belt and have a project in mind. 

Further details of both are on Work Smarter Together - and booking as always is via the InfoHub Booking Centre. 

November 2020: Distributed Office Training

We’re excited to announce a selection of new training offerings under the banner of our Distributed Office theme. We will run sessions on Ad hoc query resolution, Workshopping remotely, Streamlining Meetings and a session on 'Where are we now?', a session designed to help individuals and teams looking at implementing change.  Check the Work Smarter Together website for further details and booking.  

October 2020: Work Smarter Together October event

If you missed our WST October Event - Tales from the Distributed Office - check the Work Smarter Together website for presentations and videos.  You will find the presentations by the Agile team at the Lean HE Global Festival here also. 

September 2020: Work Smarter Together October event

Our annual WST October event takes place on Thursday 22nd October. The theme this year is 'Getting things done in the Distributed Office'. For full schedule and registration details, visit the Work Smarter Together website. 

September 2020: Online training this Autumn

As we move into Autumn, UCD Agile will continue to offer online Lean training sessions which are open to all UCD staff. To find out more about the options available and to book your place visit Work Smarter Together website.

June 2020: WST Summer School July 2020- Book your tickets now

The Work Smarter Together Summer School is taking place on 14th, 15th and 16th July 2020! As always there will be an opportunity to meet your UCD colleagues, learn new skills and attend online workshops. To discover the lineup and to book your tickets go to Work Smarter Together website.

May 2020: More online training opportunities

We continue to offer online Lean training sessions, which are open to all UCD staff. There are different levels of training available so you can choose one that suits your needs. To find out more and book your place visit Work Smarter Together website.

April 2020: Upcoming remote training

UCD Agile are now offering white Belt, Yellow Belt and Lean Practitioner training online. Visit the Work Smarter Together website to learn more and book your space!

March 2020: We are available online

As the novel virus impacts how we work, we in UCD Agile offer UCD colleagues our support and training online using various technologies. Click here for more.

February 2020: WST February event

Thank you to our UCD colleagues who shared their time and experiences with us #UCDWST February 20 2020 event. Read more.

January 2020: #UCDWST February 20 2020 - Register Now

#UCDWST February 20 2020 - the lineup has been revealed and registration is open. Click here for more.

January 2020: Save the date - WST 20th February 2020

Join your colleagues from across UCD at the UCD Work Smarter Together (WST) February event.

November 2019: WST Newsletter

Check out Work Smarter Together November Newsletter here. 

October 2019: #UCDWST October 23rd

Our #UCDWST 23 October 2019 Event was a great success with over 120 colleagues from across UCD in attendance! Read more.

September 2019: Join us at the WST October Event

We are pleased to invite you to UCD's next Work Smarter Together event which is taking place on 23rd October 2019 from 10.15am - 13.00pm in the Fitzgerald Chamber, Student Centre. Click here for more.

September 2019: Working with Agile

Are you loking for help with your day to day work? UCD Agile offers customised consulting services to All UCD staff. Find out more.

September 2019: Work Smarter Together 23rd October

This year we will be focusing on two very interesting topics. Read more.

August 2019: WST Sumnmer School 2019 update

Here is what happened at the WST Summer School July 2019. Click here for more.

To view the gallery clik on this link.

July 2019: WST Sumnmer School 2019 - Registration is now open!

This year there will be Lean training courses, workshops and Community of Practice events to choose from. Click here for more.

June 2019: WST Sumnmer School 2019 lineup is here!

Over the three days there wil be 8 hands on sessions being delivered by UCD Agile, the USM Roll Out Team, the Technical Development Network, and UCD's Lean training partners, SQT. Check out the full schedule on the Work Smarter Together website.

May 2019: WST Summer School 2019 - save the date!

Our annual WST Summer School event is back and it is taking place here at UCD Belfield campus on 16th, 17th and 18th July. Click here for more.

May 2019: Congratulation to our newly awarded Green Belts!

In October 2018, seven project leads were presented their Green Belt QQI parchments by Professor Mark Rogers. Click here for more.

November 2018: UCD Agile announces three new training opportunities

Agile are pleased to announce that we are offering three new training opportunities. Limited places are also still available on our next Yellow Belt Training. Click here for more.

November 2017: UCD Agile introduces the Ardmore Project as the answer to your process improvement problems

UCD Agile are pleased to announce the launch of a new support model for your process improvement efforts. Ardmore Projects promise to make it easier for you to break away from the day job and dedicate some time and energy to process improvements. Click here for more.

October 2017: Congratulations to Green Belt Graduates

Congratulations to Richael Leahy and Stephen Manuel from UCD Finance and Sarah O’Flaherty from UCD Registry who successfully completed the Green Belt Accreditation Programme.  Each graduate engaged in a 6 month project where they learned the tools and methodologies necessary to successfully lead and contribute to  improvement projects within UCD. Richael Leahy completed the Asset Register project, Stephen Manuel completed the Research Accounts project and Sarah O’Flaherty completed the PDARF project.

October 2017: Yellow Belt Training

Yellow Belt training to take place on the 25 and the 26th October, 32 UCD staff memebers will spend the day learning new Lean tools to help improve their processes.   

September 2017: Lean Fundamentals Live on Infohub

Fundamentals of Lean Training is now live and open for bookings on Infohub.

July 2017: The Fundametals of Lean for UCD

UCD Agile have developed the Fundamentals of Lean for UCD programme to deliver staff with White Belt level training specific to the UCD context. The first programme was delivered on the 18 July 2017 as part of the WST Summer School. Click here for more. 

April 2017: UCD Agile present our first four Green Belt graduates

UCD Registrar and Deputy President, Prof. Mark Rogers dropped by the Agile offices to present the graduates with their awards. Click here for more.

March 2017: UCD Agile present at Work Smarter Together 2017

Work Smarter Together 2017 on March 14 proved to be a successful event that we will all remember. Click here for more.

August 2016: UCD Agile and Work Smarter Together Website updates

Check out our updated UCD Agile website, new items include Agile's Thinking & Agile's Doing.

Work Smarter Together webage has been also relaunched with news of the upcoming WST '17 on 15 March 2017...pencil in the date.  We have also started to add and will continue to grow excellent stories of UCD innovation and creativity. Click here for more.

May 2016: UCD Agile move to new sace in the Ardmore Annex

The Agile team, running since February, has recently moved into a new space in the Ardmore Annex. This Agile space has work smarter spaces, complete with writable walls, which you and your team are welcome to use for your Strategic Initiative 6 efforts.Click here for more.