New England Software Symposium

March 15 - 17, 2019

Think Big, Plan Small: How to Use Continual Planning

Friday - Mar 15 1:15 PM - WINCHESTER

Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman

Speaker, Consultant, Author for managing product development

Many agile teams (and programs) attempt to plan for an entire quarter at a time. Something changes—a better product opportunity, or a product development problem—and the quarter’s plan is not just at risk. That plan is now impossible. Instead of quarterly planning, consider continual planning. Continual planning allows a project or a program to use small deliverables to plan for the near future and replan often to deliver the most value.

  1. About roadmaps and what they are supposed to show us
  2. Problems with Big Planning
  3. Rolling wave planning at any wavelength
  4. When things change and what happens to the roadmap
  5. How Minimum Viable Experiments and Minimum Viable Products help and the difference between them.
  6. Three options for alternate planning, including lean roadmapping
  7. Problems big planning masks and how to use smaller planning to everyone's benefit

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