- The Pragmatic Manager
Johanna Rothman works with companies to improve their product development practices — to maximize productivity and improve quality. She works with managers to ship the right product at the right time: hire the people, plan the projects, get the features in, get the defects out, and ship the product on time. She is pragmatic, and believes we need to balance all the business goals: corporate, project, product, and process against what the people can actually perform.
Part of her view of product development processes and quality management systems is that she expects they are supposed to make it easier for all contributors to contribute to the goal: make, sell, and service a product. These processes and systems should enable management to do the managing, and technical contributors to contribute, not for management or technical contributors to be confined by the system.
Working with you and your staff, and your current product development practices. Together, we learn what works well for you and what doesn’t. She does not believe in changing only what needs to be changed at the current time, to maximize your success. We work together to develop a blueprint for the future, and to build in capacity to recognize and implement change.
Books by Johanna Rothman
- Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
- Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds
- Corrective Action for the Software Industry