Johanna Rothman

Why Do You Want To…

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

Because I’m a consultant, I receive emails with a question, “Do you consult in <fill in this blank>?” Many times I do. But the real question is. “What is your objective?” or “Why do you want to do <this thing>?” There are many good reasons to do so. Release some product—any product, for example! Go [...]


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Looking for Agile Authors

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

For those of you who follow All Things Agile, SQE has acquired Agile Journal. And, with that acquisition, comes a few changes. Russell Pannone, our agile buddy, has stepped away as editor-in-chief. Russell is irreplaceable. I’m not replacing him as editor-in-chief, but I am acting as technical editor for the site and I am looking [...]


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Criminals, Thieves, and Lack of Transparency

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

Every so often, my blog gets plagiarized. I do a whois, find the offending party, have a short email conversation, and get that person to remove my content, and forget the whole thing ever happened. Not now. Right now, I’m having a very dissatisfying email conversation with domainsbyproxy.com, DBP. They are protecting creativedevelopment.biz, CD. You [...]


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New Manager, New Product Owner, Too Much Work

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

I recently spoke with a colleague who’s a little confused. John was just promoted to being the development manager in a small organization. He’s used to doing lots of work—whatever needs to be done, he does. Now, he’s managing 6 developers in an organization that’s trying to move to agile. No, they haven’t had any [...]


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When You Have No Product Owner At All

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

What happens when you have no product owner at all? How does a team know what features to develop in what order? Several teams I know encountered this. They all had product managers. Most of them had BAs. All of them had a technical manager who was willing to be their product owner, but they [...]


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Failed Fast at Agile 2011, Learned a Lot

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

I prepare for my speaking and workshop engagements. This year, I’ve been all over the world. I’ve had a great time, and my clients and audiences have had a great time, too. Well, except for this past week at my session, “The Budgeting Black Hole: Predicting the Unpredictable” at Agile 2011. There, I bombed. I [...]


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What Team Does the Product Owner/Responsible Person Belong To?

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

In my post, When You Have No Product Owner at All, I said That’s because agile needs a responsible person who is not part of the cross-functional technical team to rank the backlog so the team knows the order of the work. Without that person, the team does not know what to do. I’ve had [...]


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Do You Need Titled Architects for Your Programs?

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

My StickyMinds.com column, Do You Need Titled Architects for Your Programs? is up. Please do comment over there.


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Speaking at Sept 19 Yahoo! Program Management Council

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

I’m giving at a talk at the Sept 19 Yahoo! Program Management Council, Managing for Collaboration. You might think this is a bit of an oxymoron: Managing for collaboration? But when you have programs, collections of projects where the business value is in the deliverable that the collection brings, you have to manage, influence, and [...]


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What’s an Agile PM to Do?

Author by admin - September 16, 2011

My Gantthead column, What’s an Agile PM to do? is up over at Gantthead.com. Please do leave comments over there.


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