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2 Key Takeaways from the Salesforce.org Portland Sprint

Sprints are a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. Here I am with Peter Ogilvie from Dayspring Technologies.

We’re usually told slow and steady wins the race but there’s nothing like a sprint to get the creative juices flowing!

I had the pleasure of participating in the Salesforce.org Open Source Community Sprint, which was recently held in Portland. Salesforce.org hosts community sprints three times a year, bringing together people in all roles (users, administrators, consultants, partners, developers) to provide input about how to improve the nonprofit and higher education solutions.

This time around, we also celebrated the 10th birthday of the NonProfit Success Pack (NPSP).

It was my first time attending a sprint, and I was amazed to see so many passionate people sharing ideas and brainstorming to make the platform better. These are my key takeaways from the two-day sprint:

Nonprofit Growth=Innovation

The growth of the nonprofit space is bringing a lot of focus to improving the platform. I was inspired by the flurry of teamwork between Salesforce.org, consultants and users to drive enhancements to Volunteers for Salesforce, program management, donation management and constituent management. We not only contributed ideas, but actually drilled down to the level of requirements analysis, and even built solutions to a demo-ready state. At the end of the first day, one of the teams had already developed a solution to add waitlist functionality for volunteer sign ups!

Higher Ed is Where it’s At

Another area of growth in the ecosystem is higher education. With Salesforce adoption increasing, there was a lot of discussion around fundraising and the huge need to combine NPSP and Higher Education Data Architecture, which is already in the works. As Traction on Demand provides support in this space, it will be pretty exciting to continue our involvement in these sprints to solve problems and lend our expertise to accelerate solutions.

With all these exciting advancements coming with input from the nonprofit community, find out more, and follow the Open Source Community Sprints group for 2019 opportunities.

Written by Junette Tan, Business Solutions Consultant, Traction on Demand

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