We Need Not Wait to See What Others Do

The story of my Agile journey always starts with the LONG family car trip where my spouse Erich (also a Scrum Trainer through Scrum Inc and coach/trainer with Agile in Nonprofits!) and I first listened to Dr. Sutherland’s book, Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. In the years following the first time we read the book, the trainers and coaches we worked with from the Agile and Scrum community helped to influence how quickly Erich and I were able to implement, inspect, and adapt our “play books” for the Scrum framework in our own settings.


One of the things I’m most grateful for is the mentorship and friendship of Avi Schneier, who through Scrum Inc., collaborated to create and launch the Scrum Master for Nonprofits course one year ago. Avi and I took a few minutes to have a mini reunion and reminisce about why we first customize the course for nonprofits and to dig in on why Avi feels that the Scrum framework is so beneficial to nonprofit organizations and charities.


Before we go into why Avi thinks nonprofits should implement the Scrum framework *now* you may be still wondering why nonprofits should consider using the Scrum Framework. You can hear his thoughts about why nonprofits should use the Scrum framework in this short clip:



When posed with the question of why nonprofits should implement the Scrum framework now instead of waiting, for Avi, it all comes back to a Ghandi quote. Or perhaps, better to say that it comes back to what is NOT an accurate quote of Ghandi. The quote many of us are used to seeing as inspirational posts on social media and in posters and other printables from Ghandi is “Be the change you want to see in the world.” This is not the exact original quote that can be attributed to Ghandi. Rather that quote is: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”


Avi made a strong argument that there is NO reason for nonprofits to wait and see what others do. Rather, there is ample proof about the applicability of the Scrum framework in nonprofits. Nonprofits need to remember that Scrum is a tool, and that all nonprofits should grab the tool and start using it NOW. You can hear more about Avi’s thoughts on the actual Ghandi quote in this short clip:



Check out the full interview with Avi Schneier here: