Business School’s Festival of Social Science workshop explores Agile project management

7 November 2019

Hertfordshire Business School's Festival of Social Science workshop on Agile project management is a success.

With the remarkable growth of a project-based approach within organisations in the UK, recent research has revealed that there is an increasing demand for developing good project management skills.

As part of the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Festival of Social Science, an annual national event showcasing the leading social science research in the UK, Business Academy hosted a free interactive workshop on Monday 4 November 2019 to explore how social “agile” practices are beneficial in managing projects.  Agile project management is an iterative and incremental approach to delivering requirements throughout the project life cycle. At the core, agile projects should exhibit central values and behaviours of trust, flexibility, empowerment and collaboration.

Through interactive approaches (including the use of Lego modelling), participants learned about agile practices and how these could be applied to help improve collaboration in project teams, and gained a better understanding of how agile approaches could add real value in managing complex projects. The workshop lead, Dr Sunila Modi, senior lecturer in project management at the Business School, also provided insights into current research being carried out in this area.

Participants ranged from project management professionals to those starting out in the discipline, and their feedback on the workshop has been very positive:

“Thank you to you and the team for running an excellent session yesterday, I found it incredibly useful and there’s a few takeaways that I’ll be implementing straight away.”

The Festival of Social Science is a celebration of the social sciences which offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.


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