Agile in the Community with OzHarvest

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1000 charities supporting people in need across the country. The Commonwealth Bank is Australia's leading financial services institution.

During the talk I will share the story of how a few of us at CommBank helped Ozharvest adopt Agile to improve how they run their business. The outcome of the session is to stress the importance of helping our community with Agile, and I hope that people will be inspired to try something like this themselves. The session is also a good example of a non technology Agile story that will be helpful to business people.

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During the talk I will share the story of how a few of us at Australia's largest Bank helped Australia's largest food rescue community organisation adopt Agile to improve how they run their business. Likely to use some slides with big photos and few words - each of the below is a slide

  • The inspiration – New York Food Bank and Toyota story shared at Agile Australia in June 2016
  • The connection – Cooking for a Cause with Customer Engagement Engine team in July 2016

  • The seed – Oz Harvest team members attend Agile training @ CommBank in Nov 2016

  • Understanding their business – a day on the road with a van in Dec 2016 and Mar 2017

  • The main event – how can we use Agile to help solve a specific business problem – May/June 2017

  • Vision for the engagement -

    CBA: Deliver something of value together and Transfer Capability; OzHarvest•Create a plan to rescue more food nationally
  • Roadmap for the six sprints to create a plan to scale their food rescue business nationally

  • Scrum Ceremonies every Friday lunchtime at OzHarvest HQ

  • Using Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to focus on the essential elements of the report was a turning point moment

  • Design Thinking rapid brainstorming techniques gave 80 behaviour change ideas to rescue more food in 15 mins

  • MVP 1 of the report complete and ready to share with Woolworths!

  • What’s next? Train more people, run another initiative with less help and then they want us to help them adopt Agile to run one area of the business!

Learning Outcome

The importance of helping our community with Agile. I hope that people will be inspired to try something like this themselves

Target Audience

Anyone in Agile but non technology business people especially



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