Steak & Tech – Work Smart Luncheon by Workfront

Does the combination of a juicy steak and awesome technology appeal to you? Last week I was invited to attend a Work Smart luncheon by Workfront.  I love to work smart and I love lunch, so I agreed to attend. The Capital Grille venue in Boston was great. And they executed perfectly.  Here are some reflections on the seminar.

First of all the food.  OK, so I’m a foodie, I admit it. They did this up right, there was nothing shrimpy about the jumbo shrimp cocktail, liver pate, a delicious salad, a 12-ounce bone-in dry-aged New York sirloin.  (The more words needed to describe your steak, the better, right?) and then a lovely selection of desserts including an amazing coconut cream pie.  Sorry to the bosses out there, if you were expecting productivity in the early afternoon, that’s impossible because we all left in a food coma! (Oops, I’m the boss. Sorry, self!)

OK on to the technology and the other 50% of why I went. Workfront added an Agile module to their project planning system.  It has a nice dashboard, and it supports a full agile workflow including backlog, stories and a KanBan burndown report  In addition, it supports a combined waterfall and agile approach, something Jerry Hyde, Workfront account exec, calls it Water-gile.  I think that is appropriate. Continue reading “Steak & Tech – Work Smart Luncheon by Workfront”

3 Huge Benefits for CMO’s who adopt Agile Marketing

 

Hey, I’m a CMO, I get it. We’ve got a lot to stay on top of:  blogs, events, customer journeys, Account Based Marketing, SEO, SEM, Content Marketing, Relationship Marketing, Advocate Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Mojo Marketing, branding, pricing, customer experience, user experience… we all feel the pain. And it keeps on growing.  Look at my LinkedIn skills section. It looks like a bowl of alphabet soup! (Oh, about the Mojo Marketing, don’t worry. There is no such thing as Mojo Marketing… yet!)

So here comes another thing: Agile Marketing.  Is it a fad or here to stay?   I don’t think I have room for one more thing.  But, maybe this can actually benefit me and my team.

Agile marketing works for me.   In the software business, product life cycles have shrunk from annual to semi-annual to daily. Yes, a new release every day!  How can a one year marketing plan forecast all the change that will happen in a year?  I bet your life isn’t much different.  Cycles are shorter, change is happening quicker.  Agile helps me to adjust to changes that are part of my life. Continue reading “3 Huge Benefits for CMO’s who adopt Agile Marketing”