30 September - 2 October 2015

Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

Becoming an agile leader, regardless of your role

Johanna Rothman

Session type: Keynote
Session duration: 75 minutes

Video of session

About this Keynote

Agile is about the ability to inspect and adapt to change. Can we become adaptable agile leaders?

You don't need to change your title. You might not need to change where you sit in the organisation. You will need to change your mindset to have the courage to lead.

We will discuss how you can develop an agile mindset, seeing and living the 'art of the possible'. Together, we'll explore how your mindset influences your change artistry tools and maybe even what you call yourself.

We'll see how to learn from small successes and continue to make progress, as you change yourself and your organisation. You can start by changing your mindset to be one of change artistry and leadership.

About the Speaker

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

Johanna is the author of nine books, including the 2008 Jolt Productivity award-winning Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management, Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management, and Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People.

She is currently writing a book about agile and lean programme management. She writes columns for Stickyminds.com and projectmanagment.com, and writes two blogs on her web site, jrothman.com, as well as a blog on createadaptablelife.com.


Session Types

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Case Study/Experience Report

A presentation and discussion of real-life (not theoretical) experiences of the application (or mis-application) of service design techniques. Case studies and experience reports include some discussion of lessons learned and an indication of how novel the work is.


Participants learn a new approach, tool or technology through using it to solve one or more practical exercises. Any software/hardware requirements are disclosed in the session description.


A session focused around some specific tool, technique or issue. Primarily led by the speaker, tutorials usually include some elements of interactivity or individual / group exercise.


An in-depth working session on a specific topic. May include paper presentations.