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Cue the music . . . Happy Birthday, Software Process and Measurement Cast!  Today we begin year 15 with a visit from Johanna Rothman.  We talked about her THREE new books:

Practical Ways to Manage Yourself: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 1

Practical Ways to Lead & Serve (Manage) Others: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 2 – 

Practical Ways to Lead an Innovative Organization: Modern Management Made Easy, Book 3 – 

We of course covered more ground.  For example about 2/3rds of the way through we talked about why the word experiment is a dirty word in most organizations. This is a longer interview, but when I grow up I want to be just like Johanna (I am serious).  Here is her bio:

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” offers frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams do reasonable things that work. Equipped with that knowledge, they can decide how to adapt their product development.

With her trademark practicality and humor, Johanna is the author of 18 books about many aspects of product development. Her most recent books are the Modern Management Made Easy series, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams (with Mark Kilby) and Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver.

See all her books, blog, and other resources at and

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Re-Read Saturday News 

Today we take on Chapter 7 of Great Big Agile, An OS for Agile Leaders by Jeff Dalton. In three more weeks, we will begin Fixing Your Scrum: Practical Solutions to Common Scrum Problems (it is time to buy a copy).

Remember, buy a copy and read along. 

This week’s installment can be found at

Previous installments:

Week 1: Re-read Logistics and Front Matters 

Week 2: The API Is Broken

Week 3: Performance Circle: Leading 

Week 4: Performance Circle: Providing 

Week 5: Performance Circle: Envisioning 

Week 6: Performance Circle: Crafting 

Week 7: Performance Circle: Affirming 

Week 8: Performance Circle: Teaming 


User Stories and Tony Timbol will take center stage. User stories are ubiquitous in agile.  Getting them right is really important. Tony gives us some ideas to move the ball forward.