Being Agile have provided ongoing coaching and training to the team at Crowdfunder as it has grown and established itself as one of the UK’s leading crowdfunding platforms.  Crowdfunder have embraced agile across their teams to be a truly agile crowdfunding organisation.

Adopting Agile at Crowdfunder by Jess Ratty

We talk a lot about our great crowdfunders raising money but we rarely talk about how we’ve built crowdfunder.co.uk – the UK’s largest crowdfunding platform. We’ve grown from a team of four to over 20 in the space of two years, and now help thousands businesses, charities, communities and individuals to raise millions for their great ideas.

With such growth in such a short period of time – and in such a fast moving industry its important to prioritise ruthlessly, that’s why we have put the agile methodology at the heart of everything we do.

We’ve been working with Agile Business Coach, Belinda Waldock, author of Being Agile In Business to explore how we can create a culture of using highly effective methods for managing new projects, empowering our teams of tech innovators, marketing and social media experts and business development managers alongside enabling our project owners on Crowdfunder to think more agile when building their campaigns to raise funds.

Phil Geraghty, MD of Crowdfunder, commented: “Belinda has enabled us to not only understand agile methodology, but also to anticipate change in the fast-moving sector, streamline workflows and discover new ways to collaborate in and out of the organisation as we grow to encompass more partners and innovative relationships – bringing crowdfunding to hundreds of thousands of communities, businesses and charities.”

Dave Barnwell, Tech lead at Crowdfunder says: “At Crowdfunder I work with our team of Developers to run the website, invent and create new digital processes for our project owners and make sure that the fundraising process is as smooth as possible. Alongside that, we also build bespoke solutions for our partners and business relationships. This means that as Crowdfunder grows rapidly, we have to be agile in our approach to workflows – giving our developers the creative space to build fantastic kit for everyone to use including reporting, data analysis and evaluations. The most important aspect for us is that our Crowdfunder community have up to date and innovative tools open to them to create brilliant projects and become successful with their aims and ambitions. This means our work flow and decision processes can change rapidly. It’s been great working with Belinda to identify better practice and build on our already strong agile behaviours.”

Belinda adds, “Working with Crowdfunder has been absolutely fantastic, it’s a great experience gaining insight into such a fast-moving industry – and one that already has agile at its core. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the brilliant team, building on their creative strengths and helping the business to help even more people raise the funds they need to make their great ideas a reality.”

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