Book Review: I’m Working While They’re Sleeping


organizing or reorganizing people, look at the timezones and see if you can create teams of people who are closer. Then see what else you need to do.

Remember, you will be spending money. The question is where. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are going to save yourself a pile of money on project cost. Wage cost and labor cost are not the same thing on a project.

Read this book. Decide what you need to do on your project. And, while you’re at it, join  Shane Hastie and me in our geographically distributed teams workshop April 17-18, 2012. We can help you with these and other issues. We would love to have you.


About the author

Johanna Rothman's picture Johanna Rothman

Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. She helps them recognize potential “gotchas,” seize opportunities, and remove impediments. Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the technical editor for Agile Connection and the author of these books:

  • 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
  • Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management
  • Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People

Johanna is working on a book about agile program management. She writes columns for and projectmanagementcom and blogs on her website,, as well on

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