Session: Managing For Collaboration

Wednesday, 15:40 - 16:30
Track: Collaboration

Managers create a system, an environment, in which the teams can thrive or dive. But which one? And, how do they do it?Agile managers create an environment of collaboration for the teams and for the managers. They do this by optimizing at the highest level of their influence, not the lowest. This is a huge change and challenge, because it’s opposite from how they have worked and been asked to work in the past. We’ll discuss the four prongs of management: to set the strategy, to build trusting relationships, to remove organizational obstacles, and to build the capacity of the organization.


What managers do in an agile organization: - set the strategy- build trusting relationships- remove obstacles- build the capacity of the organization

Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman works with companies to improve how they manage their product development--to maximize management and technical staff productivity and to improve product quality. Johanna is a leader in the Agile community, having most recently chaired the Agile2009 conference. Johanna is the author of several books: - Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects - The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management - Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management - Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People She writes columns for and on “extreme project management” for, and writes two blogs on her web site, She is a host of the Amplifying Your Effectiveness conference.

Johanna Rothman