Agile Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization

Johanna Rothman | 03:15 – 04:30


You have more than one project team who needs to collaborate with another team. Maybe you only have one technical team and a bunch of other people you need around the organization so you can release. And, you’ve heard of “frameworks” and “discipline” that don’t sound heavyweight, and maybe not so agile. Can you have a larger program and still be agile?

Yes. We already know how to use program management to deliver larger efforts. Agile and lean program management uses small-world networks of collaborative teams to solve problems and deliver features fast. That demands the entire program be agile and lean—to collaborate across the organization. Johanna Rothman shares how to see and use agile roadmaps and create small world networks to create a culture of delivery that works. Help your project teams to become more lean and more agile so that you have working product releases all the time..


Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development so they can remove impediments.

Johanna is the author of these books:

  • 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
  • Essays on Estimation
  • 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

She is writing a book about agile and lean program management. She writes columns for and, and writes two blogs on her web site,, as well as a blog on