February 8, 2024, 13:30-15:00 CET

We are delighted to announce that the YEAR (Young European Associated Researchers) network will host training on Agile for research projects.

The aim is for everyone to get an overall understanding of what agile is and a bit of its historical context. We’ll focus on agile as it is used in projects and project management, with an emphasis on research projects.

There are numerous different frameworks and methods that go under the ‘agile’ umbrella. This session will cover Heart of Agile in more detail, as it’s the approach that we have adopted at VTT, and how it can be applied in research projects.

After this session, you will have a better understanding of agile, and why it makes sense when working in research. You will also learn how to get started in applying agile principles and practices in your own projects.

Register here!


  • What is agile anyway?
  • Ok, so what does agile say about project management?
  • How does that apply to research projects?
  • How can I get started?
    • A quick look into different agile frameworks and methods.
    • Heart of Agile: What we use at VTT and why did we choose it.
  • Heart of Agile in practice: What are we looking at when it comes to becoming better at Collaboration, Delivery, Reflection and Improvement.
  • Q&A


Sami Paju works as a lean & agile coach lead for VTT. He has done research on experimentation behaviour in organisations and how to manage uncertainty in innovative projects. Sami has co-authored books on experimentation-driven innovation, and effectiveness and productivity in knowledge work. He has also written extensively about organization design and organisations as complex adaptive systems. For the past 8 years Sami has mainly coached, trained, and consulted knowledge workers in self-leadership, agile, lean, and organizational effectiveness. He also served in the board of Agile Finland association for three terms.