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How Agile Can Help Charities


Emphasising Teamwork

Agile values people over processes. It encourages teams to be self-organising and autonomous, which in turn leads to more motivated team members. It also creates reactive organisations that find it easier to adapt to shifting demands. These traits make it the ideal match for charities... but how can Agile practices actually help charities?

1. Agile keeps staff motivated to succeed

Passionate staff are at the heart of charities. More so than any other sector, staff at charities are motivated to reach their goals. They are driven individuals who believe that change is possible.

When working in an Agile way, teams are encouraged to constantly review their progress and to create ambitious but achievable goals. This keeps people motivated as they can see the real impact that their work is having. Agile also encourages teams and individuals to feel empowered to make their own decisions.

2. Agile creates solid and supportive teams

Agile places emphasis on teamwork, encouraging teams to reflect on their shared successes and to seek out ways to reach their goals as a group. This belief that individuals are stronger together and that achieving goals is due to the whole organisation, not one individual creates a more supportive workplace. Many people who work in charities may encounter saddening or stressful situations at work and when this occurs a supportive work environment is vital.


3. Agile frameworks help to maximise efficiency and keep teams working at a sustainable pace

Agile work management methods such as Kanban make it easier for teams to keep track of work and to ensure teams do not become overburdened. Teams use Kanban Boards to keep track of work and to ensure that team members are not taking on too much work at any one time. This also allows for visibility across the whole organisation as everyone can see what stage a project is at and what is being worked on. Learn more about Kanban Boards here.

This way of working can help charities who continuously have multiple projects while also needing to react to changing priorities.

4. Agile boosts collaboration and communication

Great communication and collaboration are essential for charities. Since the pandemic and the rise of hybrid working, it has become clear just how important communication is. Good communication between teams has always been a key ingredient in the recipe for success, but with many in-person meetings now replaced with endless Zoom calls it has become even more of a challenge for many people. Losing the water cooler catch-ups has impacted the bonds between many co-workers, which can hinder collaboration. Many people often suffer from Zoom-fatigue as they spend hours moving from one video call to the next.



Reducing Unnecessary Meetings

Charities often have high workloads and little time. With no time for social calls and far too many meetings, staff members may feel burnt out and unmotivated. Agile rituals like daily stand-ups, sprint reviews and planning meetings can help to reduce feelings of isolation and can keep team members on track. They can also help to cut down on unnecessary meetings. Additionally, transparency is at the heart of Agile. By keeping colleagues updated on projects on an ongoing basis and by using tools like Kanban Boards, that allow others to chart work progress, teams can cut out multiple meetings.

When working in an Agile way, teams are encouraged to constantly review their progress and to create ambitious but achievable goals. This keeps people motivated as they can see the real impact that their work is having.





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