Article by Andrea Fryrear

  • Making Enterprise Marketing Agility A Reality

    For much of the Agile community, scaling is the topic du jour. The principles and practices that enable agility for a single team are relatively straightforward. Software developers at least have been making them work for multiple decades now. But as soon as we start adding additional teams or trying to interface with groups outside

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  • Why CMOs Should Care About Agile Marketing

    This article is based on my forthcoming book, Mastering Marketing Agility (Berrett-Koehler, June 2020).  When a CMO is hired, somewhere an hourglass flips over. Grains of sand begin plummeting from the upper half, piling up inexorably in the bottom until time runs out and the CMO is politely asked to leave. It’s a grim picture,

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  • Agile Marketing Teams Should be Organized Around the Customer

    As digital marketing channels have proliferated over the years, marketers have become ever more specialized. We’ve been encouraged to pick our lane and stay there, because no two functions are the same. Email isn’t like social, which isn’t like content or automation. The skills you need to optimize for organic search aren’t the same ones

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  • The Complete Agile Marketing Guide to Your Managing Your Backlog

    Few things are more important to an effective Agile marketing team than a functioning marketing backlog, yet this particular practice is hard to get right. Many teams struggle with prioritization, scope, and sizing the work in backlog. These difficulties often lead to frustration and considerable lag time in updating the team’s to-do list. The marketing

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  • Everything You Need to Know to Start Agile Marketing

    As the buzz around Agile marketing grows ever louder, it can be easier to feel as if it’s too complicated to digest.  There are terms and tools and tactics that are unfamiliar to many marketers, most of whom have never been on a dedicated Agile team.  But the good news is that Agile can be

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  • How to Use the 3 Most Popular Agile Marketing Practices

    I’m often leery about starting Agile marketing discussions with practices, because it’s all to easy to slap together some meeting and artifacts without really changing the way you work and say you’re Agile. Teams that do that are usually the ones who say Agile marketing doesn’t work. But just cobbling together a couple of new

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  • The Power of Hybrid Agile Marketing Frameworks

    Like many Agile marketers, one of the first things I did after discovering Agile marketing was run out and become a Certified Scrum Master. I added the Product Owner certification shortly after, and proceeded to turn my unsuspecting marketing department into two Scrum teams. Within just a few months, however, the cracks in this most

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  • Benefits of Agile Marketing: Stats You Need to Know

    Revised with new data April 2019. If you’re considering an Agile marketing rollout, you’re probably agonizing over the choice between what is right and what is easy. Maintaining the status quo can seem easy; in fact a belief that current marketing operations are working “well enough” is the second most commonly cited barrier to marketing

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  • When Crossfunctional Marketing Teams Make Sense

    Recently at the end of a two-day onsite training with an enterprise financial organization, one of the leaders of their internal creative agency approached me with an extremely common Agile marketing question: “Do we really need crossfunctional marketing teams for Agile to work?” As is often case with Agile marketing questions, there many potential answers

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  • A Complete Agile Marketing Definition

    A good Agile marketing definition can be hard to come by. The tough part is that it’s a combination of two very easily misunderstood words: “Agile” and “marketing.” For those who haven’t spent a lot of time exploring its nuances, Agile comes to mean merely fast or hyper-productive. Marketers who prowl the internet for a

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