Johanna Rothman on her Managing Product Development Blog

Johanna Rothman, President of Rothman Consulting Group, Inc., and creator of the blog –, is the author of Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management, and Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds Corrective Action for the Software Industry.  We recently interviewed Johanna about her views on blogs and PM. Here is that interview. Thank you Johanna. 

Hi Kristen,

Thank you!

What have you learned doing your blog?

  • I’ve learned that while each project is unique, there are some common problems across all projects:
  1. how to get started because the front end is often fuzzy
  2. how to keep people on just one project, because of the perceived need for everyone to multitask
  3. and how to know what done means so you can finish the project.
How has your blog helped the field of pm?
  • I don’t know for sure 🙂 I hope it’s helped people think about their work as project managers and how they organize their projects. If there was a recipe for projects, I would happily publish it. But there isn’t. The best we can do is use our brains and apply what we know to the situation, and if that’s not good enough to search for more help. I hope people think about and then use some of the pragmatic approaches I discuss on Managing Product Development.
What do you like most about blogging?

  • The comments! I never know what will trigger comments, and when there’s a whole discussion in the comments, I know I’ve done something right.

Besides yourself, who do you like in pm?

  • Raven Young
  • Glen Alleman, Herding Cats
  • Hal Macomber, Reforming Project Management
  • Esther Derby, Insights you can use
  • Jurgen, the noop guy


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