A Nonprofit's Guide to Estimating a Backlog

Presented by Diane H Leonard, GPC, RST

Large new initiatives, new special events, huge federal application.....

These are the types of things that nonprofits are always faced with. Yet how are the team members in the nonprofit organizations or the leaders in the organization supposed to have the most accurate estimate of when the initiative will launch, or if the special event details will be done on time, or if the application will be submitted before the deadline? What often happens is heroic efforts by team members to make the deadline or be ready for the event and that is not a sustainable approach for the team or the nonprofit.


That is why in this webinar we will explain the Agile estimation techniques affinity estimation and planning poker. We will cover the importance of story point estimation and why it is used in place of hour estimation. We will help you think about how to take your next big nonprofit initiative or project and have a more accurate estimate of when you will be ready to launch/submit/create impact.


Learning Objectives:


- Be able to use Agile estimation techniques including affinity estimation and planning poker;

- Be able to explain why teams should use story points and not time to estimate; and

- Be able to estimate the effort and confirm/change a proposed date to launch a new initiative/project, submit a grant application, etc.

ONLY $19.99

What You Can Expect From Your Trainer:


- 1 hour of instruction to help you learn the Scrum framework and how to use the framework in your organization to create more impact, faster;

- A learning environment focused on teaching you the learning objectives while giving real-world nonprofit case studies to show you how other nonprofit organizations have implemented the Scrum framework


What We Expect from Participants:


- A willingness to learn; and

- A desire to help nonprofits create impact faster.

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Your Trainer:

Diane H Leonard, GPC, RST


Diane is a Scrum Trainer, Scrum Master, and Scrum Product Owner through Scrum Inc. Diane is also a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Approved Trainer of the Grant Professionals Association along with a Certified Virtual Trainer through espeakers.

Diane’s passion for building capacity in nonprofit organizations is the link between her early career work as a grantmaker and now as a nonprofit consultant. Diane and her team at DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services have secured more than $93 million dollars since 2006 in competitive grant awards for their clients. The team began utilizing the Scrum framework in 2016 both to run their own teams, and also to help their nonprofit clients improve their grant seeking processes and overall operations efficiency. As a result of adopting Scrum, the daily operations and efficiency of the DH Leonard Consulting team has significantly improved and more importantly, their nonprofit clients that are engaged in the Scrum framework have seen an increase in their success percentage for applications as well as overall dollars awarded.

When not working with her team on improving the capacity of nonprofit organizations, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.