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  • How to innovate

    In a tough marketplace, organisations and individuals have to be innovative in order to provide better products and services than their competitors. This ‘How to’ provides some basic principles to develop your personal and organisational attitude to innovation regardless of the size of your income or supporter base. 

  • Strategy maps

    A strategy map is a tool to help stakeholders visualise and get hooked into the strategy.

  • PEST analysis

    A simple way of exploring what's going on in your external environment.

  • What is future foresight

    Explores foresight or the strategic analysis process of looking at your operating environment and identifying trends that could affect you.

  • New thinking on outcomes-focused strategy

    An article stimulating new thinking on outcomes-focused strategy by Dr Richard Piper, former head of strategy and impact, NCVO.

  • How to implement Agile project management in your organisation

    So you’re developing a digital product or service, and you’ve heard you should be using ‘Agile’. What is it, and how can it help? What is Agile software development? Agile software development became popular when a group of software developers created the Agile Manifesto in 2001. It’s a way of working that's become hugely popular across the software industry and beyond.  To understand how Agile works, it’s helpful to contrast it with a more traditional Waterfall project management approach. With Waterfall, you do the research and planning upfront, then build and deliver the product, and test to see how it’s working for users. This works very well for infrastructure projects like roads and bridges. But it’s not the best way to build software. Rather than trying to do everything up front, Agile focuses on lots of smaller, ongoing cycles of research, planning, building and testing. This means that the team is continuously delivering working versions of the software. While each version of the software might not be perfect, it means the product can be tested with the people who are supposed to use it. This approach can significantly reduce waste by helping the team to make improvements as they go, and giving them the flexibility to adapt to changing conditions.  So how do you go about implementing Agile in your organisation? Here are some tips from our experience at CAST:

  • Making the most of your back office services

    South London CVS Partnership share with us what they learnt from a project focusing on making the most of your back office services.

  • Charitable status

    Do you want charity status? Do you need to join the charity register?

  • Developing an enterprising approach to delivering business objectives

    Chris Child from Energize shares how his organisation developed a new, more enterprising approach to delivering their business objectives.

  • Taking strategic action

    Takes you through the final step of strategic analysis taking action

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