Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman is known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders see problems in their product development by assisting them in recognizing potential risks, seizing opportunities, and removing impediments. She has been President of Rothman Consulting Group, Inc., since 1994. A frequent speaker and author on managing high-technology product development, Ms. Rothman is currently Technical Editor at; a columnist at and; and blogger for Managing Product Development, Hiring Technical People, and Create an Adaptable Life ( She was Chair for Agile 2009 and has written articles for Cutter IT Journal, Software Development, Better Software, IEEE Software, Crosstalk, and IEEE Computer. Ms. Rothman is the author of several books, including 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; and Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies, & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People. Currently, she is writing a book about Agile and Lean program management. Johanna can be reached at