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Old Pine Community Center Learns Agile Project Management Thanks to IBM

From left to right: Kristen Bores, Henry Duncan, and Gregory Baskerville adding new tasks to the Agile “Wall of Work.”

In July, the core staff at Old Pine Community Center participated in the IBM Community Grant Program. This program rewards nonprofits that aim to improve their project and operation management strategies with several weeks of professional training.

As part of this program, the staff at OPCC learned how to implement a project management strategy known as Agile. This strategy breaks down tasks for different departments at the Center so that employees can respond to issues and risks quicker and more efficiently. Agile also helps build interdepartmental communications so that all staff members are on the same page.

Since participating in the training, OPCC approaches project management in a better and more efficient way. Before, projects and issues were tackled on a case-by-case basis as they arose. Since Agile has been implemented, core staff members meet twice a week to discuss current projects and to brainstorm solutions and prevention methods to possible risks or issues facing the Center. As a result, the programs at the Center are stronger than ever.

“Agile gives me a visual understanding of what is happening in our organization. This helps us become more efficient because we can identify ways to work together and address any issues that may arise,” said Jennifer Nguyen, Program Coordinator, at Old Pine Community Center.

Unlike other project management strategies, Agile makes a point to include all departments within the organization–from programming and administration to maintenance and communications.

Greg Baskerville, who works on OPCC’s maintenance team said, “It was a learning experience. I liked how we get together and communicated to set goals and achieved them. I think it was very useful.”

For completing the training, IBM also awarded the Center with two grants totaling $2,000. If you’d like to learn more about the IBM Community Grant Program visit: https://www.ibm.com/volunteers/faq/communitygrants.wss.

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