Johanna Rothman


Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them identify problems, seize opportunities, and remove impediments.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current technical editor. Johanna is the author of these books:
- Manage Your Job Search
- Hiring Geeks That Fit
- 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 is working on a book about agile program management. She writes columns for and She writes the Pragmatic Manager email newsletter, two blogs on her web site,, as well as a blog on

Where to find Johanna Rothman online


Diving for Hidden Treasures
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 16,460. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Project management, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Software development & engineering / project management
Have you ever wondered about how your projects become late? Are you worried that your projects become later and you don’t know why? Cost of delay can tell you where the delays occur and why. Common practices, such as multitasking, experts, and even other projects’ delay can make your project late. Learn simple tools and methods for analyzing and eliminating the costs of delay in your project.
Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Cost or Schedule
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 22,910. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Project management
You’d like to estimate your project’s cost or schedule accurately. So far, none of your approaches have worked. It’s time to consider how you can create an accurate estimate. Learn a number of ways to see your project and how to address your uncertainties in ways your managers will accept.
Agile and Lean Program Management:Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization
Price: $34.99 USD. Words: 56,560. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Project management
Scaling process creates bloat. Dictating how to work to teams doesn’t work. What does? Servant leadership, autonomy, collaboration and exploration. Learn how to use agile and lean program management to collaborate across the organization.
Manage Your Job Search
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 45,240. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers / job hunting, Nonfiction » Engineering, trades, and technology » Project Management
Not sure where to start with your job search? Treat it like the project it is. Full of tips, stories, and humor, Johanna Rothman will help you apply pragmatic project management techniques to your job search so that you take control and find fulfilling work.
Hiring Geeks That Fit
Price: $19.99 USD. Words: 97,510. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Human resource management
Hiring anyone to fit your team should be easy. But it’s not. How do you separate the talkers from the do-ers and not take forever? Learn how to hire, from soup to nuts. Learn how to exploit your uniqueness and culture in hiring. Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice to your tough problems.

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