New England Software Symposium

March 15 - 17, 2019

Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Project Schedule or Cost

Friday - Mar 15 3:15 PM - WINCHESTER

Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman

Speaker, Consultant, Author for managing product development

Do you have to estimate schedule or cost for your innovation projects? If so, do you worry about providing an accurate—never mind precise—estimate? Estimation means “guess,” and our managers want our estimates to be commitments. Instead of providing guesses, help your managers understand risks with the ways you provide estimates or forecasts.

You will learn the three ways to provide an estimate, how to recover when your estimates are off, and how to start the conversation about value instead of cost.

  1. Understand your project’s context with respect to estimation
  2. What to do if you have a predetermined release date
  3. What to do if you have a predetermined date and a predetermined backlog
  4. How to estimate with a new team and a new project
  5. Ideas that work with any project.
  6. How to SWAG and keep your sanity.

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