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Topic: June 2014
Date: Tuesday - June 17, 2014
Topic: Creating an Adaptable Life
Speaker: Johanna Rothman


Creating an Adaptable Life

Change happens to us all the time. Normally, it happens so slowly that we don't particularly notice. Sometimes the change happens so quickly that we do notice.

My life changed in September 2009. With sudden hearing loss and constant vertigo, my life took a sudden turn. I learned to ask for help; to accept that I can't control everything; to see the current state so and to envision where I want to go. I'm adapting how I work, live, and travel so that I can be successful. Things have changed; adapting has allowed me to continue to live, work and enjoy my life. Does this sound like an agile approach to life to you?

In whatever way your organization is growing and evolving, your role and activities will change.

Irrespective of your changes, you must adapt to the new challenges. It may be a move to agile or working with partners and other teams who are adopting new ways of working. For some of you, change might feel subtle. For some of you, change can feel like a 2x4. How do you adapt to ensure you are still successful and enjoy your life?

I'll discuss change, how you can use it to create your adaptable life, and how you can make choices that can work for you, your life, and your organization..

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About the Speaker

Photo - Johanna Rothman

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 risks, seize opportunities, and remove impediments.

Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current technical editor. Johanna is the author of these books:
- 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


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