Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank advice for your thorny problems. She helps leaders and teams learn to see simple and reasonable options that might work. Those practical alternatives can help them be more effective with others at work. With those choices, they can choose what—and how—to adapt their product development.

For almost three decades, Johanna has helped her clients experiment with agile and lean alternatives for every piece of their product development. As a result, her clients create more management agility which translates to better business results.

A prolific writer, Johanna is the author of 18 books and hundreds of articles about many aspects of product development. She uses her trademark practicality and humor to focus on what people can do—and not take herself too seriously.

She’s written these books:

  • Successful Independent Consulting: Relationships That Focus on Mutual Benefit

  • Free Your Inner Nonfiction Writer: Educate, Influence, and Entertain Your Readers

  • Modern Management Made Easy series: Practical Ways to Manage Yourself; Practical Ways to Lead and Serve (Manage) Others; Practical Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization

  • Write a Conference Proposal the Conference Wants and Accepts

  • From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby)

  • Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver

  • Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization

  • Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, 2 edition

  • Project Portfolio Tips: Twelve Ideas for Focusing on the Work You Need to Start & Finish

  • Diving for Hidden Treasures: Finding the Real Value in Your Project Portfolio (with Jutta Eckstein)

  • Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Schedule or Cost

  • Manage Your Job Search

  • Hiring Geeks That Fit

  • The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management

  • *Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management (*with Esther Derby)

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