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Software Manager’s Lab

Software Manager’s Lab - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The three most important skills for all software managers are (1) guiding, (2) coaching, and (3) leading. Because the best management practices often happen one-on-one and behind closed doors, it is difficult to observe and learn how to do these three skills well. How would you like to practice hands-on management in a safe environment with an expert coach? The Management Lab is the place. We'll practice in a group-coaching environment and learn from one another. Come and join us—you won’t be disappointed.
          Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders identify problems and risks in their product development helping them recognize potential “gotchas,” seize opportunities, and remove impediments. Johanna is the technical editor for and is the author of Manage Your Job Search, Hiring Geeks That Fit, Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects, the 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management, and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. She is currently writing a book about agile program management. In addition, she writes columns for and, and writes two blogs on her web site,, as well as a blog on


Wednesday, November 13, 2013


10:15am–11:00am • Practice one-on-ones with your peers in a safe setting

  A one-on-one is a structured conversation that allows a manager and an employee to explain to each other what is going on—without micromanagement on either side.  

11:00am–11:45am • Learn a peer-to-peer feedback model and try it out in real time

  We all need feedback. This feedback model is how adults effectively provide feedback to each other.  

2:15pm–3:00pm • Implement quick and easy guide to coaching for managers and leaders with corresponding practice

  Most people think of sports teams or teaching as a coaching model. But that might not be the most effective coaching model for you in your organization. Learn the many other options you have.  

3:00pm–3:45pm • Get an introduction to project portfolio management

  Find new ways to end the multitasking madness. We’ll discuss the principles and practice in small groups.  

3:45pm–4:45pm • Sign up for one-on-one consulting with Johanna