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Using Scrum for a Greater Mission w/ Jon Horton from NewSpring Church

Dave Prior Senior Consultant/CST-CRM Specialist
Reading: Using Scrum for a Greater Mission w/ Jon Horton from NewSpring Church

This episode of LeadingAgile’s SoundNotes offers a case study of how the technology teams at NewSpring church have been using Agile practices to develop innovative products that will enable their members to stay engaged with NewSpring throughout the whole week.

Jon Horton is the Web Director at NewSpring. A few weeks ago he and several members of his team attended a LeadingAgile CSM class. In the interview Jon explains how he introduced Scrum to the organization, how it is being adopted by the technology teams, how it impacts their ability to deliver value for NewSpring members and some of the challenges that they’ve faced along the way.

This podcast offers a great case study of how Agile practices are extending beyond traditional software development teams and are being used to innovate and deliver value to all types of “customers”.

Show Notes

00:08 Podcast Begins

00:55 Some background on Jon and his role at NewSpring Church

02:20 How technology help NewSpring Church meet people where they are

04:10 How Agile practices were introduced at NewSpring

05:25 The Agile practices that have proven to be the most valuable to Jon’s team

07:10 How work gets prioritized at NewSpring

09:00 The way teams are set up at NewSpring

09:24 The Sprint lengths used by different teams and why they’ve been selected

10:25 How Jon’s team got started with Scrum and how they’ve evolved their learning and adoption

11:10 Traditional practices that the team’s use to support their Agile practice

12:30 Challenges in introducing Agile at NewSpring

13:44 Jon’s plan to extend Agile beyond the technology group

14:37 Is there a difference in applying Agile within a religious organization than in a more traditional software group?

15:50 Jon’s advice for other religious organizations that are interested in trying to implement Agile

18:00 Getting in touch with Jon

18:37  Podcast end

Links from this podcast

NewSpring Church

Essential Scrum by Kenny Rubin

Contacting Jon


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