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Exploding Management Myths


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We’ve all heard management “nuggets” such as “make people come to you with solutions, nut just problems,” or “training time is wasted time,” or my favorite, “work smarter.” But how are you supposed to do that, especially if you may not have received any management training, or if your gut is telling you what you’re doing might not be working? Johanna Rothman explains that much of what you have heard about management is myth—based not on evidence, but on ideas dating from the Industrial Revolution. However, many myths have a germ of truth. If you would like to learn about these germs—the kinds of training that are useless and the kinds that are useful, how to really work smarter, how to help people develop solutions when they are stuck—the kind of management that empowers knowledge workers, join Johanna in exploding management myths.

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Exploding Management Myths

  1. 1.     BT12 Session  6/6/2013 3:45 PM                "Exploding Management Myths"       Presented by: Johanna Rothman Rothman Consulting Group, Inc.                       Brought to you by:        340 Corporate Way, Suite 300, Orange Park, FL 32073  888‐268‐8770 ∙ 904‐278‐0524 ∙ ∙
  2. 2. Johanna Rothman Rothman Consulting Group, Inc. Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” helps organizational leaders identify problems and risks in their product development helping them recognize potential “gotchas,” seize opportunities, and remove impediments. Johanna is the technical editor for and is the author of 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, and Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management. She is currently writing a book about agile program management. In addition, she writes columns for and, and writes two blogs on her web site,, as well as a blog on  
  3. 3. Exploding Management Myths Johanna Rothman @johannarothman 781-641-4046
  4. 4. “Utilize Everyone All the Time” A mind is a terrible thing to waste Context switching wastes people, prevents innovation, and makes everything take longer 3 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  5. 5. “Promote the Best Technical Person Into Management” Management work is different from technical work Managers work outside the team Managers need interpersonal skills 5 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  6. 6. “We Have NO Time For Training” We are too busy running like hamsters, making do “If you train people, they will leave” If you don’t train them, they might stay 7 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  7. 7. “Work Smarter” Who wants to work dumber? Exhortations don’t work Management has to create the environment in which teams can “work smarter” 10 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  8. 8. “I Need an Expert for This...” Project dependencies create bottlenecks Never let experts work alone 6 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  9. 9. “I Know What Everyone is Doing” One-on-ones are for more than just status reports Build trust and a working relationship 7 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  10. 10. “An Objective Ranking System Works” What’s objective about it? Software is a team sport and we rank people against each other? In a zero-sum game? 8 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  11. 11. “Time Spent at Work is a Useful Measure of Work” Who here has had good days and bad days at work? The only measure is features complete 9 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  12. 12. “I Know How Long the Work Should Take...” Conceptually easy to understand is not the same as easy to complete related to Dunning-Kruger effect Wanting to have the work take less time does not make it so 10 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  13. 13. What’s your favorite management myth? 2 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  14. 14. You Can Help Me Would you like a book about these myths? What would a great title be? 12 © 2013 Johanna Rothman
  15. 15. Let’s Stay In Touch... I’ve been writing the myths, one a month on Stickyminds, and then posting afterwards on my site, Pragmatic Manager: pragmaticmanager Please link with me on LinkedIn 13 © 2013 Johanna Rothman