Explore Trust, Healthy Teams and More with Robby Russell on the Maintainable Podcast

On the Maintainable podcast, Robby Russell often interviews people about technical issues. Not this time! We discussed the Modern Management Made Easy books among other topics: A little about the origins of agile approaches The issue of “too many meetings” and why they might need to be called something else. (See Decide When You Need …

Want a Successful Agile Project? Start with Why Before How

I’ve been speaking with several possible clients. They’re having trouble with Scrum. The managers don’t believe the teams need product owners, so the teams don’t have POs. The managers think a Scrum Master can support at least four teams. The teams start a lot and finish very little. The teams think they have too many …

Discussion of Modern Management Made Easy with Scott Hanselman

I had a terrific time with Scott Hanselman on his podcast, Hanselminutes. Listen to our conversation on Modern Management Made Easy with Johanna Rothman. I started listening to Scott’s podcast a couple of years ago. I regularly listen because he: Selects people I’ve never heard of before Organizes the interview in ways that clarify the …

More Modern Management Conversation with Ian Gill on Agility by Nature

I had fun with Ian Gill on his Agility by Nature podcast: A Conversation with Johanna Rothman about the Modern Management Made Easy books. We laughed a lot. (Partly at me. I am the Queen of the Career-Limiting Conversation.) We spoke a lot about what managers can do in practice as opposed to theory. And …

Wide-Ranging Conversation About Modern Management with Tom Cagley

Do you listen to Tom Cagley’s SPaMCAST? (Software Process and Measurement CAST). Tom has interviewed me several times before. This time, in SPaMCAST 635 – Practical Ways to Manage, A Conversation with Johanna Rothman, we discuss the Modern Management Made Easy books. As always, we had a fun, free-ranging conversation. Enjoy!

More Fun on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, Part 2

Jeffrey, Squirrel, and I continued our conversation on the Troubleshooting Agile Podcast, with Part 2. We addressed more of the Modern Management Made Easy principles. Specifically, we discussed the ideas of empathy and value-based integrity. We had a great discussion about several of the principles in the Modern Management Made Easy books: Empathy Value-based integrity …

Multiple Short Feedback Loops Support Innovation

Several of my clients have intertwined problems. Everyone agrees they want innovation: Which products and services the organization offers. (The project portfolio) What features the product offers, or the problems the product solves. (The product roadmap) In the team, to solve the problems in a way that will attract users/buyers/customers. (The team’s backlog and how …