Agile in NGO

Many non-profit organizations (NGOs) are using agile methodologies to improve their operations and better serve their constituents. Agile provides a flexible framework for organizations to respond quickly to changing needs and deliver results efficiently.

Adopting Agile methodologies can be beneficial for NGOs in the following ways:

  • Facilitating collaboration and teamwork among staff and volunteers

  • Improving communication and transparency within the organization

  • Encouraging experimentation and innovation

  • Helping to identify and prioritize high-impact initiatives

  • Enhancing adaptability and flexibility in the face of changing circumstances

  • Enhancing the ability to respond quickly to unexpected events

  • Helping to identify and fix problems quickly.


  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  • NPR uses Agile methodologies to create programming at a â…“ cost advantage

  • An Agile approach has allowed Australian Red Cross to deliver value to employees and clients faster, as well as use visual systems to create deeper engagement with our business stakeholders

  • The National Art Museum of the Netherlands builds public affinity using Agile methodology

  • 5Acres, The clearly defined goals helped 5Acres, placing orphans, hone in on their key objectives and desired outcomes over a short 3-5 year horizon resulting in a focused, attainable plan.

By using Agile principles, NGOs can create a flexible and adaptive approach to achieving their goals and delivering value to their stakeholders.

It's important to keep in mind that even though the Agile framework is widely used and very successful in many organizations, it can't solve all the problems and sometimes it may not be the best fit for the specific context, so it's important to evaluate whether Agile is suitable for your NGO before implementing it.