Why Is it Agile in Nonprofits?

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“Why is it Agile in Nonprofits NOT Scrum in Nonprofits?”

 

This is the second most common question I answer about our work at Agile in Nonprofits. The first most common is “What is Scrum?” I’ll be honest, these questions usually come from very different audiences, but are actually quite related in the way that I answer them. 

 

The first question, “Why is it Agile in Nonprofits NOT Scrum in Nonprofits?” usually comes from colleagues and acquaintances that are already engaged in the Agile and Scrum communities. They are individuals that already have a strong understanding of the Agile values and the Agile principles. They are also individuals that understand that the Scrum framework is part of the “how” for what organizations use as the structure within their team’s Agile mindset. My answer in short (although, you can watch the whole answer here) is that we want to encourage nonprofits to embrace an Agile mindset demonstrating the Agile values and principles regardless of what framework or tools they use in their organizations.

 

The answer to “Why is it Agile in Nonprofits NOT Scrum in Nonprofits?” then also connects with the second most common question of “What is Scrum?” This question is often posed by intrigued colleagues that don’t know that Agile and Scrum are defining two different things, or perhaps worry that Scrum is another acronym for them to learn or software/tool to use. The reality is that we want to encourage nonprofits to see how their organization’s mission and vision may already align well with the Agile values and principles and then think about how the Scrum framework can be used in their own organization to create twice the impact in half the time.

 

You can see the full conversation our team had as we hashed out my answer to the question, “Why is it Agile in Nonprofits NOT Scrum in Nonprofits?” here: https://youtu.be/9WVW06nYd4w 

 

What are your thoughts on the different ways that you hear people talk about Agile or talk about Scrum?