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.



Influence and Authority: Using Your Personal Power to Get Things Done


Agile Portfolio Planning: Managing Your Project Portfolio

Track: Agile, friday 10:00 - 10:50

Whether you’ve been Agile for a while or still thinking about it, you have one thing in common with all other software teams. You have too much work to do. One of the valuable aspects of moving to an Agile approach for projects is the choices you have in managing the portfolio. You can use a kanban approach, a first-come-first-served queue, or one of several evaluation approaches to select which project to do next.

Managing For Collaboration

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

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.

Influence and Authority: Using Your Personal Power to Get Things Done

Track: Agile, tuesday - morning

Have you ever felt as if you had the responsibility but not the authority? Or, that you needed something from someone, but you had to beg, borrow, or steal it? Maybe you’ve felt the joy of accomplishing something that you were responsible for, but had to work through someone else to accomplish.Almost no one has enough authority to finish the work we have responsibility for. And, we almost always have the ability to influence others, to use our personal power in the organization to become effective or make a difference.Some of us are are facile with our personal power. Others of us have concerns: am I manipulating people? am I manipulating the situation? am I being fair to others? Others of us are unsure where to start with using our influence.In this session, you will feel your personal power and experiment with how to use your influence.