Agile in Nonprofits strives to support nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on grant seeking organizations, that are looking to achieve greater impact in their communities faster than they ever have before. Led by Certified Product Owner and Certified Scrum Master, Diane H. Leonard, GPC, the Agile in Nonprofits team support nonprofits through training and coaching to assist in each organizations’ agile transformation. Agile in Nonprofits, started in 2018, is a product of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services.
Diane H. Leonard, GPC, CSPO, CSM is a Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Product Owner through Scrum Alliance, Inc. Diane is also a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association.
Diane’s passion for building capacity in nonprofit organizations is the link between her early career work as a grantmaker and now as a nonprofit consultant. Diane and her team at DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services have secured more than $55.6 million dollars since 2006 in competitive grant awards for their clients. The team began utilizing the Scrum framework in 2016 both to run their own teams, and also to help their nonprofit clients improve their grant seeking processes and overall operations efficiency. As a result of adopting Scrum, the daily operations and efficiency of the DH Leonard Consulting team has significantly improved and more importantly, their nonprofit clients that are engaged in the Scrum framework have seen an increase in their success percentage for applications as well as overall dollars awarded.
When not working with her team on improving the capacity of nonprofit organizations, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.
Scrum is a uniform approach to doing work, assigning work in teams, and iterating work successfully during a long period of time. Scrum is an Agile framework.
One of the best places to start if you are interested in learning about Scrum is to read the book by Jeff Sutherland and JJ Sutherland, Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. This book outlines the background of scrum and provides you with the basic concepts you will be implementing in your organization. You can also start by downloading and reading The Scrum Guide which is available at no charge at: Scrum Alliance
You don’t detail all the work, but you size it. Then if your team has a velocity, you can estimate how many sprints it will take to complete. If you don’t have a velocity, you won’t know until you start. So in this case, don’t over plan, but rather, get started as quickly as possible.
Ideally, a person should only be on one team at a time. The projects they are part of should prioritized and they should focus on completing one at a time.
You should focus on defining smaller slices aligned with your workflow versus layers. Layers are a distinct element of your product or service. For example, a draft of an entire grant application is a slice, but a layer is a fully drafted and edited section of a grant application.
Diane H. Leonard and Jackie Nagel talking about the new exciting roll out of Agile in Nonprofits and how we use it in our daily teamwork!