Johanna Rothman

Five Questions to Create Your Successful (Hybrid Remote) Cluster Team

Johanna Rothman

I'm seeing different kinds of “hybrid remote” teams these days. I already wrote about satellite teams (see Five Tips for Your Successful (Hybrid Remote) Satellite Team ). Now, I'm also seeing cluster teams.

Leadership Tip 17: Consciously Choose How You Optimize the Salary Money

Johanna Rothman

Tim, the Engineering VP, was worried he would lose people after their reviews and salary changes. He didn't have enough money to pay the salaries he thought everyone deserved. He'd fought with his fellow VPs for more money, but that didn't work. He had a too-small pot of money to distribute.

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Invisible Women as Part of Security Questions

Johanna Rothman

The good news is most sites realize we, the users, need nudges to create strong passwords. The bad news is too many of those nudges reject strong passwords from password managers. (I I use and am happy with 1Password.).

Large Features and Long Deadlines Mean You Have a Gantt Chart, Not a Roadmap

Johanna Rothman

Several of my clients have internal struggles about how to internally see the future of the product. The teams want to use an agile approach so they can incorporate learning. The managers want rigid roadmaps. Because the managers want to “know” the teams will deliver it all.

The Complete R&D Funding Guide: How to Get the Funding You Need!

Speaker: Kevin Goldsmith, Chief Technology Officer at Anaconda | Peyman Pouryekta, CEO and Technology Advisor | Bob Webber, VP Product Flow Optimization, Construx

In this interactive panel discussion, we will address common pitfalls of investments for CTOs and VPs of Engineering and will teach you how to manage your investments with confidence and properly allocate resources across business priorities.

How to Assess the Value of Old Data and Its Effect on Aging

Johanna Rothman

Up until a few months ago, my office was a disaster. I had a ton of old data: Paper in reverse chronological order on surfaces (most recent on top). Printed articles to read. Notes from previous workshops I wanted to integrate when I updated those workshops.

Practice Congruence to Create an Effective Culture

Johanna Rothman

Dan, a CIO, needs the teams to work faster. The customers are moving away from the company's products. If they can recapture the customers, the company will succeed. If not? Layoffs loom. Dan demands the teams start more work. And he demands they finish the work faster than the teams think they can.

Leadership Tip 16: Decide When to Choose Power-With or Power-Over

Johanna Rothman

All decisions are a form of power. We exercise our personal power (power within) in many ways: when we decide where to live, what to wear, and what to eat. Not only that, we also choose our jobs, who we vote for, and where to go on vacation. We have a ton of personal power.

How To Understand Your Team Type: Collocated, Satellite, Cluster, Nebula

Johanna Rothman

I've been hearing people talk about “hybrid” remote teams. So far, every person I've talked to means something different.

Aging Fun with Drunk Agile (Video)

Johanna Rothman

Daniel Vacanti and Prateek Singh graciously invited* me to be on an episode of Drunk Agile: Episode 37 Johanna Rothman Part Deux More Bigger Aging. Invited is their term. I sent them an email, politely demanding they discuss aging. Is it possible to politely demand? I tried.

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Optimize the Performance of Your Serverless Functions

Run mission-critical applications on serverless without sacrificing visibility.

Manage Interruptions with Defensive Project Portfolio Management

Johanna Rothman

Here's a scenario I see in all kinds of businesses. Your team has product-focused work. And, the team also has “fast” response-required, ad hoc work: Production support, when something breaks. You need to fix this right away. Provide technical support when people have questions.

Leadership Tip #13: For Innovation, Remove at Least One Policy or Procedure a Week

Johanna Rothman

Some managers wanted to prevent Bad Things from happening in the organization, so they added policies or procedures. Now, these same managers want business agility. However, the policies and procedures increase friction and make it harder to get the Right Things done.

Five Tips for Your Successful (Hybrid Remote) Satellite Team

Johanna Rothman

You've spent the better part of two years organizing for all-remote work. Now, your managers want people back in the office. However, your team won't all be back in the same time and space. People get to choose which days (and possibly hours) they come into the office.

Project Management Miracle: (Holiday Spectacular Story #7) (Free for One Week)

Johanna Rothman

I never thought I'd ever write a lot of nonfiction—until I did. And as I push my nonfiction craft, I've been writing fiction. That means I write short stories. Why short stories? Because I get faster feedback.

The Big Payoff of Application Analytics

Outdated or absent analytics won’t cut it in today's data-driven applications. And they won’t cut it for your end users, your development team, or your business. Learn how 5 companies used embedded analytics to achieve huge returns and greater value than anticipated.

Purpose vs. Product: Differentiate Your Strategy from Tactics (Portfolio & Roadmaps)

Johanna Rothman

I'm struggling to write several posts and I realized I need to define my terms. I keep seeing managers confuse the strategic and tactical. That leads to large and unchangeable roadmaps and a lot of emphasis on predictability.

Use Decision Deadlines to Plan for Product Deliverables

Johanna Rothman

Strategy and Product Feedback Loops. Many organizations ask teams to forecast when the team can deliver a feature. (Or Or finish a project.) That request often means the teams spend a ton of time forecasting, not delivering.

Leadership Tip 8: Stop Focusing on Happiness & Measure Satisfaction Instead

Johanna Rothman

Do you or your managers want people to be happy at work? That's a laudable goal. And, in my experience, unrealistic. That's because happiness is an outcome of a person's current life context. Instead of happiness, let's consider satisfaction.

Leadership Tip 12: Focus on Effectiveness, Not Efficiency

Johanna Rothman

Many of us focus on how efficient we can be. Many of our organizations want to maximize our output for every minute and hour of work. However, if we focus on effectiveness first, we create better outcomes for everyone. We don't waste time working on things that don't matter.

Better Learning, Better Results: A Guide for Product and Project Leaders

Continuous improvement is the differentiator that can drive your team to the next level. Download our 4-step guide to collaborative learning and position your team for success.

Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

A number of my clients confuse their strategic ideas with tactical work. They think that the agile tools they use, such as boards, offer a strategic advantage. So they build or customize their tools. However, they adopt or “install” an agile framework or process without customization.

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Q3 Writing Workshop Open for Registration

Johanna Rothman

My Q3 writing workshop, Free Your Inner Writer, is now open for registration. It starts July 12, 2021, and ends on Aug. 23, 2021. The weekly debriefing calls are optional. I record them and provide transcripts.).

Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 3

Johanna Rothman

In Part 1 and 2 of this series, I wrote about how an agile approach might offer strategic benefits. And because an agile approach changes your culture, I said the agile approach was part of your strategy.

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Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

So when does it make sense to customize your agile approach to gain a strategic advantage? Whenever you have a unique problem to solve that's strategic to your business. Let's start with a couple of examples. Example 1: Startup/Small Organization with Few Products.

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Data-Driven Performance Feedback Helps Teams Improve Customer Outcomes

Speaker: Mickey Mantle, Founder and CEO at Wanderful Interactive Storybooks | Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Author, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

In this webinar Mickey Mantle and Ron Lichty will teach you why its important to have data driven performance reviews, the most effective way to use data in performance reviews, and how this data helps to align your employee proficiency with your company goals.

Leadership Tip 15: Reward Meeting Behavior You Want to See

Johanna Rothman

You need a senior person at a meeting. The meeting is supposed to start at 2 pm. The leader strolls in at 2:15. When leaders act this way, they show their power. When I've asked why the person is late, they often say, “I had another meeting that ran long.”

Use “Typical,” Not “Average” Durations to Manage Risk

Johanna Rothman

Many managers and teams talk about “average” durations for work. On average, how long does it take a team to finish a certain kind of work? However, average doesn't quite explain why our work takes different durations. Instead of average, consider the word, “typical.”

How to Create Your Own Team Board Without Spending a Ton of Time or Money

Johanna Rothman

Are you frustrated with your board? Maybe three columns don't offer you enough information. Or maybe you agree with me that teams need to create their own boards. See the Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics series.)

Writing Secret 1: Use the Growth Mindset to Write in 15-Minute Chunks

Johanna Rothman

Recently, several people have congratulated me on my “natural” writing. I thank them and try not to giggle. Because I am not a “natural” writer. I have written and published enough that I found my writer's voice. Instead of talent, I have persistence.

Monitoring AWS Container Environments at Scale

In this eBook, learn how to monitor AWS container environments at scale with Datadog and which key metrics to monitor when leveraging two container orchestration systems (ECS and EKS).

Why the Popular & Easy Career Ladder Prevents an Agile Culture, Part 1

Johanna Rothman

As I've been speaking about the Modern Management Made Easy books, people ask these questions: We're pretty good with our agile approach. It's time for performance reviews. How do we reward someone based on individual work when we want teams to work together? What do we do?

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Catch Me on the People and Projects Podcast 337

Johanna Rothman

I spoke with Andy Kaufman on his People and Projects Podcast 377. Full disclosure: I met Andy back in 1999 at the Software Development conference. So we've known each other for a long time. I subscribe to his podcast because I like the way he interviews guests.

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Leadership Tip #10: Commit Coherent & Meaningful Work to a Team

Johanna Rothman

Many managers feel the need to get more and more done. They feel pressure from customers and salespeople for more features or products. Or the managers might feel the need for more revenue. So they start many projects. When teams have too many projects, teams take longer to finish.

Agile Approaches Offer Strategic Advantage; Agile Tools are Tactics, Part 4

Johanna Rothman

I started this series with observations that my clients appear to confuse strategy and tactics. They think agile approaches are tactics and agile tools are part of their strategy. That's why they want to Buy an agile approach. And that's why they want to Customize and then standardize on tools.

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Embedded Analytics – 4 Mission-Critical Steps to Take on Your Analytics Journey

The right analytics capabilities will turn data into valuable insights for your end users. This research-based guide, derived from insights of industry professionals, will allow you to create an optimal strategy for acquiring those capabilities.

How to See a Distributed Team’s Frequency of Real-Time Communication

Johanna Rothman

When Mark Kilby and I wrote From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams, we discussed the fact that we no longer needed physical face-to-face interactions. Instead, we needed high-fidelity virtual interactions.

Low Tech Way to Visualize Your Percentile Confidence for Forecasts

Johanna Rothman

Michael Mahlberg taught me something cool last week. We're writing an article together. Part of the article is about forecasts. I was ranting and raving about how to help people see their confidence levels. He pointed me to this slideshare: Lightweight Kanban Metrics (in German).

Leadership Tip #1: Always Tell the Truth, Even When You’re Embarrassed

Johanna Rothman

You're a middle or senior manager in an organization trying to hold on in these crazy times. And you just discovered you're shipping the wrong version of the product. (Or Or your product doesn't work or it has some kind of horrible defect.) Your customers are angry.

Fun Discussing Management “Mobbing” on the Mob Mentality Show

Johanna Rothman

I had a terrific time with Chris and Austin on the Mob Mentality Show: Modern Management with Johanna Rothman. Is “mobbing” is the right word for management collaboration? Maybe. I'm not sure.

Scaling Agile With Collaborative Learning

Speaker: Yuval Yeret, Enterprise Agile Coach, AgileSparks; Aryeh Sivan, Senior Director of Engineering, Akamai Technologies; and Yuval Zach, VP Customers, Shamaym

Continuous learning is a new addition to the Scaled Agile Framework. Join us for a panel discussion with Akamai, AgileSparks, and Shamaym sharing successful strategies for scaling Agile and practical takeaways for your team.