Johanna Rothman

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60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for February 16, 2024

Johanna Rothman

This is from a short mystery story. Enjoy! The Transcript: I’m Johanna Rothman, and this is 60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for February 16, 2024, where I read an excerpt of just a minute of some writing in progress. This excerpt is from a short mystery story. The food court buzzed with happy diners, eating their mall Chinese, mall pizza, and mall popcorn.

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Ship Decisions: Use Value to Decide When to Experiment and When to Finalize

Johanna Rothman

As a consultant, I create many kinds of information products: both writing and speaking. I use the ideas of experiments and finalization to decide what to ship and when. That allows me the most flexibility in my product development. However, too many organizations don't differentiate between what they need to ship as experiments and when to finalize the product.

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60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for February 9, 2024

Johanna Rothman

This week, my podcast has what I just wrote in the speaking book. Enjoy! The transcript: I’m Johanna Rothman, and this is 60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for February 9, 2024, where I read an excerpt of just a minute of some writing in progress. This excerpt is from the speaking book, as yet untitled. You might have heard of this for public speaking: “Tell them what you will tell them; tell them; tell them what you told them.” That's a great start.

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60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for February 5, 2024

Johanna Rothman

This week's 60 seconds is from a thriller short story I sold to Thriller Magazine. The transcript: I’m Johanna Rothman, and this is 60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for February 2, 2024, where I read an excerpt of just a minute of some writing in progress. This excerpt is from my story in Thrill Ride magazine, which will be published later this year. Since it’s not yet published, I’m declaring this in progress.

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Effective Agility: Three Suggestions to Change How You and Your Team Work, Part 2

Johanna Rothman

In Effective Agility Requires Cultural Changes: Part 1 , I said that real agile approaches require cultural change to focus on flow efficiency, where we focus on watching the work, not the people. Too few organizations can do that. But teams can change how they work—in any approach. Here are three suggestions to emulate flow efficiency thinking: Start the project with a cross-functional team that stays together for the entire project.

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60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for January 18, 2024

Johanna Rothman

I've been in a fiction writing workshop all week, so it makes sense to offer you an excerpt from a piece of short fiction. Transcript: I’m Johanna Rothman, and this is 60 Seconds of Johanna’s WIP for January 18, 2024, where I read an excerpt of just a minute of some writing in progress. This excerpt is from an unusual Valentine’s Day story. There’s nothing wrong with passion.

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Effective Agility Requires Cultural Changes: Part 1

Johanna Rothman

I see many teams and team members who say, “Agile stinks. It's a way to force me to work too fast and not finish anything.” When I ask people what's happening, they say: We're doing an agile death march because someone else already told us what we have to do and the date it's due. We have a standup which is more like a serial status report at least once a day for an hour.

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