Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby (Agile FM)
In this episode Johanna, Mark and I talk about their new book called From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to Deliver which is available on Amazon and LeanPub. This book contains a ton of useful guidance when working with distributed teams in an agile project. We touched on self-organization, working agreements, celebrations, virtual water coolers, tools and Scrum Master facilitation techniques in an distributed or dispersed environment. Although we covered a lot of ground in the podcast, the book will provide more insights and additional points to consider.
Johanna Rothman consults, speaks, and writes on managing high-technology product development. Through Rothman Consulting Group, Inc., she guides managers, teams, and organizations to become more effective by applying her pragmatic approaches to issues of hiring, project management, risk management, and people management. Johanna was the Agile 2009 Conference chair and is the current agileconnection.com technical editor. She has written over 200 articles, which have been published in such places as IEEE Software, IEEE Computer, Computerworld, and Cutter IT Journal. She writes a monthly management column for Stickyminds.com, a bimonthly project management column for projectmanagement.com, and is a blogger for Dice.com. Johanna publishes The Pragmatic Manager, a monthly email newsletter, and maintains two blogs, Managing Product Development and Hiring Technical People, both on jrothman.com. She also writes a personal blog, createadaptablelife.com, about how she has dealt with hearing loss and vertigo. For more of Johanna's writing and her blogs, go to jrothman.com. People often describe Johanna as the "Pragmatic Manager" because she helps organizational leaders identify problems and risks in their product development and to and then seize opportunities and remove impediments. She is an internationally acclaimed speaker and consultant. Johanna's philosophy? "I'm big on action plans, short on theory, grounded in reality. If you can't apply the theory, why bother?" Her newest book, Agile and Lean Program Management: Collaborating Across the Organization, will be available as a beta book later in 2013.
The intersection of people and technology fascinates Mark Kilby. As a Florida native, he is also accustomed to working in unusual conditions with an easy-going style. This background has inspired him to cultivate more distributed and dispersed teams than collocated teams using agile and lean approaches. He shares his inspirations through public speaking, teaching, consulting, and writing. You can find his latest inspirations at his blog.