Our name has changed but our logo and our focus remains. We keep the Flame of Hope & Unity lit between the engine of our economy, the small businesses that create jobs and the professionals who volunteer their skills and energy to support that task in times of national economic crisis.
Work It UP ~ 2021 has changed to, Agile Now but we remain a social-entrepreneurial nonprofit that connects registered member skilled volunteer professionals with local small businesses and other nonprofit organizations during times of national economic crisis.
The overarching effort is to foster Hope and Unity by training both halves of the broken economy in the use of Agile frameworks to collaborate as a team on short-term business growth projects to create jobs in their community.
Operating first in Portland, Maine from 2009 - 2015, at its peak the group was successful in delivering an average of half a million dollars annually in volunteer professional services to the small business community of Maine.
In 2020, under the name, AgileNow.Org, the group will re-activate operations to continue to work among its two constituent partners: working & non-working volunteer professionals and struggling small businesses and nonprofits.
Beginning in January, 2021 in the waning days of the Covid-19 Pandemic, AgileNow will serve the economically imperiled business and professional community in South Florida on a virtual basis offering training and coordination of its member activities intended to grow businesses and create jobs.
Please visit our GoFundMe page to make a donation to this vital cause. Send us an e-mail (coach@AgileNow.Org) to find out more about all the exciting ways you can become a part of the community that serves everyone.
We are a nonprofit organization originally established by unemployed Project Managers in Portland, Maine.
Several PMs came together in 2009 to support thousands of unemployed professionals in Maine who lost their jobs as a consequence of the devastating global economic collapse that began September 15, 2008.
The focus of the support Work It UP delivers is to connect skilled professionals with local small businesses and other nonprofit organizations seeking the skills of our volunteer member professionals.
Over a period of three years from 2010 - 2012 the mission of the organization evolved with the help of the, Project Management Institute's, Education Foundation and Alpha Projects Mentorship Program (APMP) to become a nonprofit Program Management Office.
Thanks to grants from PMI, EF, the hard-working staff of volunteers at APMP and the PMI, Maine Chapter, (PgMO Volunteers) Work it UP developed a curriculum of project management training for its members who donated their time and skills to help small businesses grow and create jobs in Maine.
Training modules created include two PMI, EF funded courses: a Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM) preparatory classroom training, combined with a 6-12 week local small business growth project offered to our member volunteers and Your Team, an advanced course for small business companies seeking industry best practices training for stakeholders and project/product delivery teams.
Additionally, training modules were developed and delivered to members and clients in Business and Technology Change Management, Agile, Scrum, Lean, Kanban, & Extreme Programming.
In 2015, Work It UP suspended operations as approximately 85% of it's registered members returned to the workforce.
From 2010-2012 Work It UP volunteers successfully donated over half a million dollars worth of professional services per year to aid in the revitalization of Maine's economy helping local companies, nonprofits, individual entrepreneurs, colleges & universities to create jobs in Maine.
Whether you have helped through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, we thank you. We couldn't have accomplished our goals without the help of supporters like you.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions for both halves of our community. Your generous donation is an investment in your community that will heal our economy.