johanna-rothman

A Pragmatic Approach to Product Management

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Imagine a colleague asks you to describe the software product manager role. Where would you begin? So few of us actually studied this stuff in college. How can we hope to explain it when we’re not even sure we’re doing it right? We deliver MVPs for MVAs. We set goals using OKRs and KPIs. And we apply a host of methodologies to build all this incredible software. But in the midst of all the jargon, it’s easy to lose sight of our greater purpose.

In this episode of the Product Momentum Podcast, Sean and Paul chat with Johanna Rothman. Also known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” Johanna helps product leaders identify problems, recognize opportunities, and remove obstacles in their development process. Though she has authored more than a dozen books on digital product management, Johanna sees software not as the end goal – but as the means by which we achieve that greater purpose – inspiring our teams to improve the world around us.

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Johanna’s Recommended Reading:

The Asshole Survival Guide: How To Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt, by Robert I. Sutton.

Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less, by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao.


About Johanna

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see and solve their problems, resolve risks, and manage their product development.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair and was the co-chair of the first edition of the Agile Practice Guide. Johanna is the author of 17 books that range from hiring, to project management, program management, project portfolio management, and management. Her most recent books are From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby) and Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver.

Check out Johanna’s Managing Product Development blog on her website, where you can also catch up with her e-mail newsletter and gather more information about her books. She has also contributed many columns and articles across the web, including at createadaptablelife.com and projectmanagement.com.

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Fin-Goulding

Flow: Visualize the Possibilities

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It’s ironic that companies comprised of teams that have embraced Agile methodologies can at the same time find themselves in search of organizational agility. With all the best intentions, proponents of Agile dutifully adhere to its prescribed set of principles, but then we suddenly find ourselves constrained by the same demons we had sought to escape. We seem to have lost our ability to experiment and learn, to adapt and grow, and to be resilient and flexible in the face of ambiguity.

In this 20th episode of the Product Momentum Podcast, Fin Goulding joins Sean and Paul as together they explore an increasing demand for a more business agile way of working. Through the evolving lens of Flow, Fin shares his insights based on a rich career as a C-level executive in large organizations, prolific author, and expert in the field of business and technical agility. Soft-spoken yet firm, he reminds us that “…[a]gile is really a thing that you are; it’s not something that you buy.” Flow, he adds, helps us move away from a very rigid methodology into something that’s more of a philosophy, a way of being.

Have a listen to find out how.

Recommended Resources

Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework, by Mik Kersten.

Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results, by Barry O’Reilly.

Flow: A Handbook for Change Makers, by Fin Goulding and Haydn Shaughnessy.

12 Steps to Flow, by Fin Goulding and Haydn Shaughnessy.


About Fin

Fin Goulding has become an expert in Business and Technical agility, having worked as a CIO and/or CTO in several major organizations such as Aviva, Paddy Power, lastminute.comtravelocity.com, SabreHSBC, RBS and Visa.

He has consistently been named as one of the top global CIOs and is recognized as one of the most experienced enterprise agile leaders in the world today.

Fin has been pioneering new ways of working using visualization techniques and agile practices in all areas of business in order to help organizations achieve digital transformation through cultural transformation. He has a unique perspective having worked in startups, .coms, and large-scale companies and now as Founder & CTO in his own startup called the Flow Academy.

Fin is in demand as a coach for CEOs, COOs, CIOs and CTOs and as a keynote speaker and panelist. He is constantly improving and evolving business agility practices and principles through real-world expertise.

He has co-authored two of the best-selling books on business agility: Flow: A Handbook for Change Makers, and 12 Steps to Flow

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