Five Ways An Agile Approach Can Help Your Nonprofit Thrive

Agile methodology is a collaborative process that involves breaking large projects into incremental steps. During each cycle (or “sprint”), the team works toward a specific outcome, gathers feedback from the end-user and incorporates any requested features or changes in the next iteration.

While agile might not make sense for every business, several members of Forbes NonProfit Council have seen great results by implementing agile approaches into their day-to-day operations. Below, five of them shared the impact these practices have had on their organizations.

1. More Effective Campaigns
The ability to make changes on the fly because of using agile processes and structures can be one of the greatest benefits.

2. The Opportunity To Expand Programs
One organization offered Spanish exclusively for businesses with lessons designed with common phrases used in their business. The classes filled up quickly and helped launch a series of new business-specific courses.

3. Greater Team Unity And Collaborative Growth
It’s good to not have layers of professional leadership that can hinder agility. It’s critical to rely on the expertise and good judgment of staff, as well as not letting HQ create bottlenecks that slow down responsiveness to needs in the field.

4. Flatter Organizational Structure
The flatter an organization’s structure is, the greater its ability to be nimble with decision-making. 

5. The Ability To Test Innovation Before Investing
Beta testing new innovation in a “sandbox” environment, accelerates speed-to-market while reducing costs.

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