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(Note: this was previously published on Marketing Agency Insider blog on April 22, 2013)

We’re big fans of using Agile for agencies, as you might guess by our name.  But we’re not starry-eyed practitioners by any stretch – doing Agile well in an agency setting is not easy, and in fact some techniques in the

One of the biggest challenges for agencies that sell well, is actually delivering well.  While sales is a very straightforward process, effective delivery involves a massive amount of coordination and collaboration.  Small

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This season has been dominated by the idea of the "empowered, flat team" where a belief that greatness is within all players, drives an ability to routinely take on, and sometimes best, the superstars. Dallas and Green Bay

"Marketers understandably prize agility as their worlds spin faster. But they have to be very careful what they wish for in embracing agile as a methodology. The potential payoff is transformational, but three all-too-common

You’re probably managing too hard. Especially if yours is a knowledge worker organization. 

No question is more powerful to ask than this one question that unlocks the secrets of creating ridiculously happy and loyal clients. It is called NPS, or the Net Promoter Score. If you don't use it, then you really don't

The hardest part of getting a young business to survive is out-swimming The Shark, the constant flow of cash out the door to support a growing mass of people, platform, facilities, inventory, marketing...you name it.  In

The legendary agencies of our industry are looking increasingly long in the tooth. That’s because we’re entering a new economic age. The industry, especially the traditional agencies — as well as many old-school digital

When we chose the slogan "Better, Faster, Happier" several years ago, I don't think any of us expected that agencies would be able to accomplish the things they have with our methods.  When we first heard that several

Many economists are speculating about where productivity will come from in the future, now that technological productivity gains have petered out.   Based on our work over the last five years with 60+ agencies, there is a

Our societal notions of what managing looks like are pretty messed up.  Despite decades of research, we persist in the notion that "strong managers" or the act of "managing harder" actually improve team performance, when in

Agile sounds very simple -- you can a "Master" of sorts in a two-day class -- but based on my experience implementing and discussing agile with hundreds of organizations, few achieve any significant business results.  In

We're often surprised at how self-unaware agencies can be.  It seems in the hustle and strain to build the never-before built, some simple things get lost, like effective communications, client management, and ensuring

Agencies are filled with managers. We see ratios as high as 1:2 where for every two people who produce stuff, there is one person who doesn't. And they come in many different flavors: producers, project managers, account

If there is one thing that agency execs all nod their heads to, it is our assertion that there is little or no real professionalization of agency management practices.  We believe that the industry chronically under-invests

"Your job is to empower and train….and if you get any thumbs down, you’re fired!"

A new breed of agencies is setting records for productivity, client and employee satisfaction by having teams manage themselves; aka "going Flat."  Our Advertising Week panel included several 2015 Ad Age A-list agencies that

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Just as the iPhone’s wealth of features crushed your trusty old Palm Pilot, the Millennials are going to force a new generation of management techniques on agencies. In this article we cover many of the key factors driving

Behind the recent wave of agency reviews is brand tragedy in the making. While predicated on lowering price, the procurement binge (let’s call it what it is) will actually decrease the impact of marketing spending. It will

Long-time AgencyAgile client Ming Chan, CEO of The 1st Movement, recently penned this article for Forbes on the benefits that they have seen from adopting our AgencyAgile methods.  We had lunch with Ming recently and he

Agencies need to replace the trafficking process with a team-based model. Instead of assigning piecework with instructions, managing output and translating to final result, you let the teams tackle the end objective

One of the biggest challenges for agencies that sell well, is actually delivering well.  While sales is a very straightforward process, effective delivery involves a massive amount of coordination and collaboration.  Small

Reactive Media (now part of Accenture Interactive) CEO Tim O'Neil comments on their September 2014 roadmapping training.  Since then Reactive has started in on our Level 2 trainings.

Most successful Digital agencies are at their breaking point: there is a full-fledged operations and delivery crisis going on.  The reason? Most agencies are selling better than they can deliver.

The Starr Conspiracy (TSC) earns Net Promoter Score (NPS) Ratings 268 Percent above the industry average after implementing AgencyAgile practices!

Sydney-based Mentally Friendly loves our Project Roadmapping so much that they put a video of their team roadmapping on their home page! Congrats to the MF team and for sharing your process with your clients and prospects.

Clients love the flirt and tease of the pitch, and the inspiration of the agency's youth and talent. Clients almost willfully forget that agencies sell better than they deliver. Much better. Talk about the hard parts. Say

Management overhead is a shark that follows your agency. Stop stop swimming, and it eats you. Try to outgrow it, and the shark grows faster. The shark can kill your agency if you don't address your key operational issues.

Digiday published an article citing research we did. Agencies that rely on contractors (who doesn't?) need to understand that the economics of outsourcing roles goes beyond just hourly rate.

If you’re feeling a little “Scrooged” this holiday season, working late rather than shopping or enjoying a holiday drink with friends, and sweating deadlines while others spend time with those they cherish, you may have the

Just because we've completed a training workshop with your teams does not mean the learning needs to end.

"AgencyAgile’s Digital Marketing Roundtable, “Causes and Impacts of Poor Scoping and Estimation” was a great webinar that many of my team attended. By highlighting the systemic impacts of poor scoping and bad estimating, it

Click on the image to watch a replay of the Digital Marketing Roundtable webinar, hosted by SoDA, the Society of Digital Agencies, broadcast from Firstborn agency in NYC on Feb 26, 2014.  57 minutes in duration (note: this

The Cycle Review session which occurs at the end of every Agile cycle or sprint is a wonderful opportunity to re-connect the Team to the Product Owners or Clients.  Yet often this meeting loses value over time because of how

(Published on 7 November, 2013 by BrandRepublic and also part of the October 2013 SoDA report)

Congratulations on the recent launch of WKKF.org, a new adaptive design site built using AgencyAgile methods.

(Note: this was previously published on Marketing Agency Insider blog on April 22, 2013)

The purpose of this whitepaper is to provide a simple roadmap and some of the key questions that one should be asking about Agile when discussing with clients, especially when the topic of “doing Agile together” is involved.

We’re big fans of using Agile for agencies, as you might guess by our name.  But we’re not starry-eyed practitioners by any stretch – doing Agile well in an agency setting is not easy, and in fact some techniques in the