Johanna Rothman's blog

I released a new book this past month, Manage Your Job Search. It's about how you use personal kanban and timeboxes to create a visual system of your work in a job search, and then how to apply practical approaches to networking, reflecting and persevering through a job hunt. It's a great book. You should buy it if you're looking for a job.

But what if you're not looking for a job right now?

That's what this post is all about.

I can see what a minimum viable product is for my clients. I have a much more difficult time for myself. I bet you're not surprised.

I have several books in process. I write small chunks in their entirety, so I don't have pieces hanging around. Then I make sure the book builds. (I'm writing on leanpub, so I can self-publish my books when and how I want to.) Then, when I'm ready to publish, I can.

I've been reviewing session proposals for Agile 2014. I'm a reviewer for two tracks: Culture, Collaboration and Teams, and the Project, Program and Portfolio tracks. I knew the work would be challenging, especially as we got to the end of the submission deadline. But sometimes, the reading is the challenging part.

It's snowing. It's December, and I live in New England, so all is right with the world, right?

Well, there is one little problem. It's December, and "everyone" has forgotten how to drive in the snow.

Every year, we go through this. People forget that we have snow. It seems to come as a big surprise. "Oh, it's New England! We have snow! I'd better slow way down. Snow tires? What are those?"

I'm being sarcastic, as I hope you can tell. But, in my family, we have seasonal adaptations. Because, we know it snows in winter.

When I tell people my stories are very small, on the order of 20-30 minutes, they are quite surprised. "How do you see progress?" they often ask, if they are new to agile.

"Very quickly," i reply.

If you are new to agile, it seems counter-intuitive. How can a 20 or 30-minute story provide you faster progress? Here's how it works for me.

Do you have a story about how you succeeded--or not? Do you have a story about how things worked--or didn't?

If you are in your agile transition, or you have completed one leg of your agile journey, we would love to publish your story.

Agile transitions are not just about the project. They are about changing the culture. That means that agile transitions are verrryyy interesting from many perspectives.

We are seeking agile professionals with a story to tell. Find out how you can get published on AgileConnection.

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