New England Software Symposium

September 28 - 30, 2018

Free Your Agile Team: Focus on Flow Efficiency and Collaboration

Saturday - Sep 29 11:00 AM - CONCORD

Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman

Speaker, Consultant, Author for managing product development

Many agile teams collaborate with a Product Owner, or maybe a customer. But how many team members collaborate as a team? Too few. Why? Because the reward system reinforces resource efficiency, not flow efficiency.

Focusing on flow efficiency frees the team to collaborate and deliver—as a team. Flow efficiency helps the organization focus on throughput—the outcome—rather than busyness—the output.

Learn to see the signs of resource efficiency and flow efficiency. Learn what to measure and when to measure it. And, learn how too-common metrics, such as velocity and burndown might actually contribute to resource efficiency thinking instead of flow efficiency thinking and actions.

  1. Learn the difference between resource efficiency and flow efficiency. What the words mean.
  2. How people work (and don't work) in flow efficiency.
  3. How to answer the first important question: will the work take longer?
  4. What does accountability and performance management mean in flow efficiency? (How do you get raises?)
  5. How you might move from experts and resource efficiency to team-based learning and delivery. (And, not freak everyone out.)

About Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She was the co-chair for the Agile Practice Guide, a collaboration between the Agile Alliance and the PMI. Johanna is the author of these books:

  • Create Your Successful Agile Project: Collaborate, Measure, Estimate, Deliver
  • Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization
  • Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, 2nd edition
  • Project Portfolio Tips: Twelve Ideas for Focusing on the Work You Need to Start & Finish
  • Diving for Hidden Treasures: Finding the Value in Your Project Portfolio (with Jutta Eckstein)
  • Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Schedule or Cost
  • Manage Your Job Search
  • Hiring Geeks That Fit
  • The 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
  • Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management (with Esther Derby)

She is working on books about geographically distributed agile teams and agile product ownership. Find more of Johanna's articles and her blogs at and at