The Six Disciplines of Agile Marketing

Six disciplines of Agile MarketingAgile Marketing is not a sprint.  Agile Marketing is not a marathon.  Agile Marketing is more like a life long commitment to exercise.  You have to practice it every day, and over time, with commitment and consistency, the benefits begin to accrue.

If you make a commitment to exercise, there are different aspects of exercise to build a healthy body: cardiovascular training, strength training and flexibility. Neglect any one of these and you are not getting the full benefits.

There are also different aspects to Agile Marketing.  I’ve listed six of them in the diagram above.  Each of them is important, and if you neglect any one, you’re not getting the full benefits of Agile Marketing. That’s not to say that you need to address all of them at the start of your work with Agile.  Just like exercise, you should start off gradually, building upon a base before attempting some of the more difficult aspects of Agile Marketing like creating remarkable customer experiences. [Read more…]

Kanban for Agile Marketing

Kanban Agile MarketingIn the past, I’ve used and taught Scrum in preference to Kanban for Agile Marketing.  Sure, I’ve admitted that you could use Kanban for a few applications, and sure, I’ve used a Kanban board, but as I’ve come to understand, that’s not the same thing as practicing Kanban as a methodology. Recently, I’ve learned a lot more about Kanban thanks to a couple of excellent books (more about that below) and exposure to a new generation of Kanban tools, particularly Kanbanize and LeanKit.

As a result, I teach Kanban before I teach Scrum in my classes, and in many cases I recommend Kanban for Agile Marketing. [Read more…]

The Role of the Marketing Owner in Agile Marketing

Marketing OwnerEvery time I teach Agile Marketing, I learn something new. Last week, I was teaching a class in Northern Ireland, and one of the students asked me to clarify the difference between the product owner and what she called the “Agile owner”.

I didn’t really understand her question until she clarified that the product owners for the development sprints resided in marketing. She felt, and I think she’s right, that it’s too much to ask these product owners to take on the additional role of setting priorities for the marketing sprints.

Who should take on this role? Let’s call this person the Marketing Owner, to distinguish them from the Product Owner. [Read more…]

Epics, User Stories and Tasks

Delivery ManI’ve been thinking a lot about the relationship between Epics, User Stories and Tasks in the practice of Scrum and particularly how those relationships are different for marketers compared to developers.  Those differences have led me to conclude that marketers who practice Scrum need a fourth construct, which I call a deliverable. [Read more…]

Case Studies in Agile Marketing

I get asked quite often “Are there any case studies of companies adopting Agile Marketing?”

I’ve maintained an informal list for years, but never published it.  So here you go: this is my list of companies that I’m aware of that are practicing Agile Marketing.  If you know of other companies, particularly if they have spoken publicly about their experiences with Agile Marketing, please let me know through the comments or through the contact page. [Read more…]