Johanna Rothman

with Roy Osherove

Hiring Techies and Nerds
60 minutes, 27.7mb, recorded 2004-12-10
Johanna Rothman
Guest host Roy Osherove speaks with Johanna Rothman about everyday problems in project management, software delivery and the hiring of technical people. They discuss interviewing strategies, and some bad examples of interviewing technique. Also: How do I improve myself as a project manager?. How do I deal with unrealistic project deadlines? What's wrong with running multiple projects at the same time? What is the most common management mistake?

Then, the topic shifts to the problems of project management as Johanna tries to answer a tough question such as, "What is the greatest mistake you see project managers do most often?" which leads into an interesting discussion about multi-projecting and why it can pose a problem for your projects. Also, more interesting advice from Johanna emerges when asked to give advice for new team-leaders/managers Johanna also talks about her new book: Hiring The Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds. And why she wrote it in the first place. To finish it all off Johanna answers one of the questions each project manager should ask themselves every once in a while: "What is the worst mistake you�ve done as a manager?"

Johanna Rothman is a well-known consultant, speaker, and author on managing high-technology product development. During her decade-long consulting career, she has enabled managers, teams, and organizations become more effective applying her pragmatic approaches to the issues of project management, risk management, and people management. She�s helped Engineering organizations, IT organizations, and startups hire, manage, and release successful products faster. Her assessment reports have helped managers and teams create and execute action plans that help them improve their projects and their processes. She is a sought-after speaker and teacher in the areas of project management, people management, and problem-solving.

Johanna has written over 100 articles and papers and is now a columnist for Fast Company�s online career center, Software Development,, and Johanna is the author of the highly acclaimed Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds, and is the coauthor of Corrective Action for the Software Industry. Johanna is also a host and session leader at the Amplifying Your Effectiveness (AYE) conference.

Roy Osherove has spent much of the past decade developing software for various companies in Israel. He's a Microsoft MVP for .Net, holds several .Net and VB6 MCP titles and has written various .NET and methodology related articles for MSDN, MSDN-Academic alliance, and other online resources. Most of his articles can also be found on his weblog. His weblog is one of the first and most known development related weblogs in Israel, and is considered a valuable source of information, tips, tricks, tools and articles on agile methodologies and software development.

Roy is also the author of the now famous regular expression tool, The Regulator, and speaks at developer conferences such as DevDays and local user group meetings on topics such as Test Driven Development, Agile methodologies, Regular Expressions, extensible .Net applications and other .Net internals material.

Roy works as a consultant, trainer and mentor for agile Development methodologies such as eXtreme Programming and SCRUM, and is considered one of the leading voices for agile development in Israel. He also consults, architects and develops on software projects across Israel.

Roy is the Principal of Team Agile, a consultancy specializing in training and mentoring on Agile methodologies such as XP and Scrum in Israel. Roy is also hosting various online interviews on the Team Agile website with various industry leaders. For more information go to

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