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About Work Smarter Together

In the life of Work Smarter Together (WST) so far, it has been, and will be in WST 2017, a University wide event dedicated to all that goes into making UCD an excellent place to teach, to research, to learn and to work.  It is about the people and work which shape the ecosystem in which our education and research take place.   When we gather on March 15 2017 we will be celebrating the creativity and collaboration that has built our successes and will shape our future.

This community that works smarter together, that finds great creativity and innovation when it collaborates, is around us always and so the hope and plan for WST is that it becomes a clear presence in the university beyond these special one day events.  We want to help WST become our community of practice – the community of those who provide the complex and sophisticated ecosystem which sustains the life of the University, coming together to share skills, to learn from one another, to collaborate, to develop our practices.

UCD Agile is a unit which supports the University’s ‘agility and effectiveness’ agenda, set in the 2015-2020 strategy, and it is the enthusiastic sponsor both of WST 2017 and of the WST community of practice.

Read on for a broader take on WST the event and the community of practice, and how UCD Agile supports this.

WST 2017 – more than just a one day event?

Academics, administrators, technical and support staff across the University put a huge amount of time, energy and creativity into making the education and research of the University possible.

WST 2017 is an opportunity for these colleagues from across the University to come together to exchange best practices, attend and host events, and interact via the various digital channels. Check here for the WST 2017 programme.

Why be satisfied with a one day event every couple of years?

We are not – we hope for more.  WST 2019 (WST 2018?), rather than just a stand alone event, should be the next university-wide gathering of the WST community which is working and sharing and learning across the campus all the time.  How do we make this possible?  Agile hopes to be an answer to this question.  Read on.

UCD Agile and WST

UCD Agile is sponsoring Work Smarter Together for one clear reason – Agile’s ‘agility and effectiveness’ agenda resonates clearly with working smarter together. Part of Agile’s remit is to be a broad support for the people who make the University work and WST is an excellent example of how their creativity and energy has been recognised and celebrated in the past, one which emerged from within the UCD community itself. Staff in Registry, IT Services and the Library hosted the 2014 event and drew from across the University. The group underpinning WST 2017 includes the other main support units and beyond, broadening the scope and interest of what we will share at WST 2017.

What is a community of practice?

There are three components to a community of practice – the domain, the people and the practice.

Our ‘domain’ is that of enabling the operation of the university, our ‘community’ is all those across the University who contribute to this and want to help, to learn and to share, and our ‘practice’ is the experiences, stories, tools and approaches which we use. This is the practice we want to develop and whose creativity and successes are celebrated in WST 2017.

One of the goals of Agile is to find ways of supporting colleagues across the university.  This is one of the reasons we are sponsoring WST 2017. We also provide support, training and other services on an ongoing basis.  We hope to nurture the life of WST beyond its annual (!?!) events, creating WST as the community of practice.

March 15 2017 is but the next step in this journey.

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