Agile for Do-Gooders: Applying Agile & Lean Startup Ideas in the Non-Profit World

schedule 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM place Executive Boardroom

Agile and Lean Startup are concepts often associated with software, for-profits, and entrepreneurship. Yet with thoughtful and creative application of agile and lean startup ideas, nonprofits can create nimble, human-centered organizational processes and design flexible, mission-driven programming that puts beneficiaries' needs and interest front and center. In this session, participants follow one nonprofit educational theatre company's adventures in sailing the choppy seas of the current nonprofit climate, discuss successes and challenges of applying lean and agile ideas for nonprofit aims, and brainstorm ideas for applications in their own agile nonprofit adventures.

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Outline/structure of the Session

  • Introduction: Agile beyond IT
    • Why Agile for Nonprofits?
    • The Venn Diagram of Agile & Lean Startup for Nonprofits
  • Agile in Arts Education: One Organization's Lean & Agile Adventure
  • The Agile Adventure Continues: Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned
  • So Now What? How can we apply this in our own nonprofit worlds? Discussion/Questions/Possible Applications

Learning Outcome

Participants will:

  • Explore the concepts of agile and lean startup as they may apply in the nonprofit sector
  • Hear about one organization's adventures in applying Agile and Lean Startup ideas to establish organizational culture and achieve beneficiary-centered program design.
  • Distill successes, challenges, and lessons learned in order to discuss potential applications in their own work.

Target Audience

nonprofits, government agencies, and other organizations not in IT


No prerequisites.

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