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‘Tis The Season – Your Customers Might Need A Little Nudge

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On November 5, in line with tradition, a huge array of sparkling displays took place across the UK to celebrate Guy Fawkes night (“Remember, remember, the fifth of November. ”).

Five Ways To Plan For B2B Journey Mapping Success

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Journey mapping can be an energizing and eye-opening exercise in customer empathy. As advisors to B2B CX and Marketing Leaders in the Forrester Leadership Boards (FLB), we come along on many journey mapping “journeys”.

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Word Of Mouth Is Less Important For Top-Line Growth Than You Think

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Many companies ask their customers “How likely are you to recommend us to a friend?” However, for most brands, advocacy — positive word of mouth — isn’t the key to revenue growth. Retention and enrichment matter much more.

Bad CX Surveys? Not With This Checklist!

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CX surveys are the butt of jokes in dinner party conversations and comedy sketches. On social media, people gleefully tweet examples of surveys gone wrong. Just type the three words CX, survey, and fail into a Twitter search… But this is no laughing matter if you are in a CX role.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

Customer Experience Index Reveals Brands Lack Human Connection

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Forrester’s 2018 Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) results continue to show that companies are struggling to create and sustain a human connection with their customers.

Four Phases Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

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In looking at the experiences of the Asian countries that entered the COVID-19 crisis in January, I believe that the pandemic will play out over four phases in the US. Phase One (Infection) ran from January through mid-March.

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The State Of Remote Work During COVID-19: An Update On Forrester’s Research

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Remote Work Is Having Its Moment Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve fielded dozens of inquiries from companies across the globe that are transitioning their workforces from the office into the home. For many, this is a new, difficult, and scary transition, one in which the stakes are high.

What The CEO Of Every CPG Brand Needs To Do Tomorrow

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The single biggest transformation in the retail industry in the last decade has been the emergence of third-party marketplaces (often online bazaars subject to few restrictions) where sellers and buyers meet.

Can AI Predict Global Pandemics Like The Coronavirus?

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If you want to use ML to predict sparse events, then you are going to need a whole lot more sparse events. Maybe we don’t have the direct data to predict the big events like the coronavirus outbreak, but we are very likely to have the data to predict one or more proxy events for an outbreak.

More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Cloud Players And Research Groups Join The Fight Against COVID-19 With High-Performance Computing

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Last week, the federal government announced the launch of its COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, a unique public/private industry initiative to support researchers across the globe to harness and leverage supercomputers in the US.

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Future Of Retail 2020: Retailers Will Create Bold Employee Experiences

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To understand how Forrester’s predictions will unfold in the retail industry in 2020, my colleague Madeline Cyr and I interviewed experts within Forrester for our “Applying 2020 Predictions To Retail” series.

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Open Source Design: What It Is And Why It Matters

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There’s a new buzz phrase in the air — “open source design.” What is it? It’s a “remix” (to borrow a term from Figma) of the open source software movement’s commitment to sharing and collaborative validation and improvement of software source code. What Are Examples Of Open Source Design?

Key Technologies All Brands Need To Build Their D2C and B2B2C Business

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All brands must rapidly upgrade legacy technology systems and processes. And that is regardless of whether or not they sell directly to customers!

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Making Journey Maps Useful: CX Measurement Edition

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Of course you should use journey maps to define CX metrics — it’s the only way to define outside-in CX metrics that: Capture important pain or peak points. Measure the right CX drivers. Align operational metrics with customers’ expectations (e.g., how you measure delivery times).

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Conducting Customer Research Remotely: Tips, Tricks, And Resources

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Conducting Research Remotely Has Benefits The shift to working remotely in response to the current pandemic means many organizations are having to rethink their approach to understanding customers.

Agile, DevOps, and COVID-19

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Every other Friday, we have a meeting of the “DevOps Theme Team,” a group of Forrester analysts focused on next generation IT management approaches. We talk about Agile and DevOps, of course, but also extend into related areas like portfolio management and security.

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Seeking Magic Moments – Why It’s Time to Tune Up Your Digital Experience Stack

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The legendary R&B singer and songwriter Ben E. King got it so right in the Drifters 1960 recording of “This Magic Moment.” The song is timeless because it tells a classic tale of a first kiss. And also captures a moment in time in words and song that reminds us of the power of storytelling, […].

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An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

Mainframe developers get boost from BMC acquisition of Compuware

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March 2, 2020 BMC acquires Compuware.

Recapping the RSA Conference 2020: The Human Element

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In prior years, the RSA Conference focused on themes such as – Zero Trust, geopolitical risk, and automation. While those themes were still present at this year’s conference, it was harder to discern one dominant central theme for the conference.

Mend The Gap Between B2B Buyers And Sellers With Us At Summit NA

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A lot has changed in the past few weeks, but what hasn’t changed is the high-quality and innovative research we’re bringing you at Summit NA this year.

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Customers Are Staying Home — So Prioritize Digital UX

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Your customers are stuck at home so it’s suddenly more important than ever to get digital experiences right. Redirect funds to 1) scale up your design team, 2) hire outside help where needed, 3) rigorously review your UX so you can make it better, and 4) update and sharpen your UX expertise.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

COVID-19: Leading airlines display compassion, resilience, and good old business sense.

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Airlines have a major role to play in the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic because they are part and fabric of this interconnected world, carrying people and cargo. age of the customer customer experience strategy airlines covid-19 Customer Experience (CX) customer service

COVID-19: It is time to give nothing less than your best.

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As with every other major crisis facing the world, whether a global war or a pandemic, humanity prevails through unity, empathy, responsibility and leadership. Tactical and momentary actions alone will not be enough because we have to be prepared for a sustained period of strife.

Evaluate And Adjust Your VoC Program To Improve CX During COVID-19

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Earlier this week, CX research directors David Truog and Harley Manning published a blog post that highlights two key points that I urge CX leaders who manage VoC programs to consider: understanding your customers is critical right now, and it is time to adapt your approach to CX.

Meet John Bratincevic, Forrester’s newest AD&D Analyst

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As a new analyst on Forrester’s application development research team, allow me to introduce myself. Let’s start with what is probably your most pressing question – how to pronounce my surname: “I’m just going to call you ‘John B.’, is that OK?” Yes, of course, no need to suffer.

Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

Take A Look Into The Future Of B2B Buying With Us At Summit 2020

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Join us to explore the factors driving profound changes in the behavior of modern buyers and their overall expectations for their relationships with organizations. application development & delivery B2B marketing

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How Retail Omnichannel Commerce Stands in 2020

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Customers believe they are engaging with one unified brand or organization, regardless of the device or touchpoints that they use. Retailers must ensure the continuity of information and resources across digital and store touchpoints — or risk losing customers to competitors that do.

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There’s Just One CX Metric That Matters To Your C-Suite – But You’re Not Reporting It

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I’d be doing you a massive disservice if I didn’t tell you that the one CX metric you must report to your CEO and the rest of your C-suite is not NPS. It’s also not Level of Effort, CSAT, or even Forrester’s beloved Customer Experience Index. It’s: $ I feel compelled to point this out […].

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How To Prove That Fixing Customer Experience Problems Cuts Costs

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There’s an alternative approach to proving the economic value of CX, and it has some advantages: The math is simple and it’s hard to argue against. What’s more, you’ll be measuring something that executives like in good times and love in bad times: cost savings. age of the customer

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Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.