Johanna Rothman

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Johanna Rothman

Managing Product Development | Author, Consultant, Speaker

Johanna Rothman helps you identify and solve the problems that prevent you from releasing systems, hiring the right people, deciding which project to work on next. She takes a pragmatic approach: what will work best for you, now?

Some people call her a focuser. Some call her an accelerator. She’s big on action plans, short on theory, grounded in reality. If you can’t apply the theory, why bother?
When she works with people, first they define their goal together. Often, it’s to get a better product out the door faster. She works with the clients to help managers figure out how to do the managing better, and how the technical contributors can contribute better, not to create a by-the-book system.

Johanna works with you, your staff, and your current product development practices. Together, you learn what works well for you and what doesn’t. She believes in changing only what needs to be changed at the current time, to maximize your success. You work together to develop a blueprint for the future, and to build in capacity to recognize and implement change.

She is the Founder of Rothman Consulting Group, Inc. for more than 20 years.


“Humoristic and positive, energy and vision.”

“When I hear consultant and off-site in the same sentence, I try to run away. You changed my perspective about consultants and off-sites. This retrospective was the best use of our time today. Thank you! ” — Software developer after a retrospective

“Johanna is a no nonsense, direct and factual based consultant. She can speak on the most technical of levels as well as a business level. She understands all the disciplines within the software development lifecycle and has been a practitioner of most of them. I will tell you what I was told: If you have a project that needs help, at whatever level be it team, corporate, program, call Johanna and then consider it done. I wish I had heard about her 14 years ago when I started doing such things back in the mid 90’s!” – Marjie Carmen, Director, Health Dialog

“I have already used some of the information from your presentation in coaching one of our project managers. You have a talent for clarifying concepts and delivering them with humor.” — Director of Project Management

Books written

Manage Your Job Search
Hiring Geeks That Fit
Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management (with Esther Derby)
Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds
She also has two essays in Amplifying Your Effectiveness.

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