Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams do reasonable things that work. Equipped with that knowledge, they can decide how to adapt their product development.
With her trademark practicality and humor, Johanna is the author of 18 books about many aspects of product development. Her most recent books are the Modern Management Made Easy series, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams, and Create Your Successful Agile Project. Find the Pragmatic Manager, a monthly email newsletter, and her blogs at jrothman.com and createadaptablelife.com.
Want Business Agility? Start with Your Managers
Too many organizations think they can reap the benefits of business agility with a framework or tools. However, frameworks and tools don't change the organizational culture. Instead of forcing managers into silos, what if we focused on creating collaborative management teams? We can change what we reward, support managers as they change their roles, and create business agility.
- Apply flow efficiency thinking to management and management teams.
- Discriminate between a culture of outputs with a culture that values learning and experimentation.
- Consider which policies and procedures prevent collaboration and fast experimentation.
- Discover management WIP.
- Measure the effect management decision time has on all the work in the organization.