By Brian Fairbanks

At a glance

  • Scrum and Kanban are functional parts of agile project planning and can help organizations effectively manage projects.
  • The key differences between the two are the lengths of sprints as well as the way roles vary across teams.
  • Most agile teams use Scrum over Kanban.
  • University of Phoenix offers a self-paced Fundamentals of Scrum professional development course to help project managers deliver better outcomes for their organizations.

Understanding Agile, Kanban and Scrum

If you’re getting involved in agile methodology and agile project management, software development, sprint planning, or any other facet of product development and cross-functional project planning, Scrum, or possibly Kanban are…


By Elizabeth Exline

When it comes to understanding which jobs are the most coveted, look no further than your kid’s classroom. Where your classmates back in elementary school might’ve aspired to be basketball players and singers, today’s kids clamor to be YouTube stars and videogame developers when they grow up, all of which points to an uptick in the importance of Information Technology (IT) skills.

Not convinced? Then look instead to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which states that IT jobs are projected to grow 11% between 2019 and 2029.

Or refer to the World Economic Forum (WEF), which…


By Brian Fairbanks

At a glance

  • Social media marketing is the strategic approach of using digital platforms to drive website traffic, build awareness and increase sales.
  • Successful social media marketing improves three main metrics: engagement, views and unique visitors.
  • Social media marketers are responsible for employing short-term tactics to achieve long-term goals around improving these metrics.
  • University of Phoenix now offers a non-credit, professional development course, Social Media Marketing Essentials, which explores the vital skills of this fast-growing field.

Upgrade your business strategy with social media marketing

Social media marketing (SMM) is a crucial way to reach customers, clients and fans of a brand or business in the modern, internet-connected world…


By Kieran Dahl

When Greg Sylvester became a hiring manager at eBay in 2009, a candidate’s application mattered less than who they knew at the company. Interviews were informal and ad hoc — Sylvester would just look at a candidate’s resumé and talk with them about their background.

“There was no data or AI involved,” says Sylvester, now a vice president of product management at American Express and a member of the University of Phoenix College of Business and Information Technology Advisory Council. …


By Elizabeth Exline and Lilia Ortiz

If ever there were a time to have an accurate crystal ball, it would be when you needed to figure out if you could swing the cost of college. More than any other question — the where, the why, the how — it is this issue of affordability that can impact a person’s decision to pursue higher education.

In the absence of such an oracle, however, we offer the next best thing: a step-by-step guide to determining whether or not college is in your financial future.

Step 1: Crunch the numbers

Unless you already have a solid handle on…


By Brian Fairbanks

It’s not easy to ask for advice, especially career advice. You may feel that your co-workers are competitors, or may treat you differently because of your goals and ambition. Or you may worry that your supervisor will see you as a threat, gunning for their job.

But worry not, as asking for career advice doesn’t require herculean levels of confidence. Because in the end, the kind of people in a position to give helpful career advice are often the most used to being asked for and sharing it. …


By Brian Fairbanks

At a glance

  • While hard skills relevant to the job are critical, employers are seeking professionals who can work and succeed in a team environment.
  • Soft skills impact how we build relationships, work together and, ultimately, do our jobs.
  • Some of the top soft skills include communication, teamwork, time management and leadership.
  • University of Phoenix has built soft skills into its curriculum to ensure graduates have a complete toolkit to succeed in today’s competitive workplace.

What are soft skills and why do they matter?

It’s no secret that bolstering your skill set is essential for a successful career in virtually any field. But there’s another set of skills to…


By Elizabeth Exline

“Coming from an immigrant family, you grow up with this mentality that you have to work, work, work. My wife reels me back in to say, ‘It’s okay to take time off and vacation and spend time with the kids.’ She has been my support.”

This is from Ruben Mireles, and if anyone could use a vacation, it’s him.

Mireles is the director of Human Resources for a medical center in Harlingen, Texas. He is the past president of the Lower Valley Chapter of the Society of Human Resources, and he is a father to three-going-on-four children…


By Brian Fairbanks

At a Glance

  • A Master of Information Systems degree (also offered at UOPX as a competency-based degree) is broader than a Master of Information Technology and focuses on the people and processes as well as the technology itself.
  • Career outcomes with a Master of Information Systems degree include IT managers, information systems managers and application development directors.
  • Cybersecurity is an in-demand field with information security analyst roles projected to grow by 31% between 2019 and 2020.
  • Career outcomes with a Master of Cybersecurity include network security analyst and information analyst.

Exploring the fields of information systems and cybersecurity

Information Technology (IT) is a vital, varied and growing career…


Virtual meetings are kind of like the boyfriend or girlfriend you had in high school. The relationship felt right at the time, and you thought it would last forever. A few months in, not so much. But while your high school romances may have faded into the background, online meetings are likely here to stay. And that means it’s time to figure out how to bypass screen fatigue and build a healthy and productive relationship with your video-conferencing platform.

Screen fatigue and faux pas

The emotional and physical fatigue that accompanies seemingly endless virtual meetings is well-documented. It includes such symptoms as feeling tired (during…

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