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More and more of our Marketing Department is breaking into Agile groups. As a fairly new Scrum Master I have struggled to adapt the fast-paced Marketing world to Agile.

In researching, I found that people agree that Marketing Agile is very different from other forms of Agile, yet no one offers any suggestions or testimonies. Does anyone successfully use Agile in Marketing teams? Can you please explain how you are doing it?

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At my current company, the marketing department has been using agile for years. I think the challenge you may be encountering is that so many people equate "Agile" with "Scrum".

Scrum is great. Great when your organization can tolerate not changing the backlog for an entire sprint. Even with week long sprints, this can be a challenge for an organization like Marketing.

Enter Kanban or even ScrumBan. These flow-based models offer models that allow marketing to respond to rapidly changing backlogs while still giving a framework that provides structure in an agile-based mindset.

Funny enough, Agile coaching is a similarly difficult to fit into "Agile" if we think of agile as only being Scrum. I'm working with a five-person coaching team and we use ScrumBan to manage our coaching engagement with the client. We went with ScrumBan because it gives us the planning window and an ability to get an idea of our capacity and goals for a week (1-week sprints) while still being able to respond to the clients "I need it now" requests.

Cheers

  • In our company Kanban / Scrum both are used by non-development teams. The team (with help of a ScrumMaster / AgileCoach) has to decide what fits best. – ppasler Jun 14 '17 at 14:44

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