Johanna Rothman, also known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” is a coach, consultant, speaker, and advisor. Johanna offers frank advice for tough problems with managing projects, programs, and project portfolios.  Essentially, Johanna helps leaders and teams do reasonable things that work.

Johanna started her career in software engineering.  She started managing cross-functional projects in 1979, then managing programs in 1988. She founded the Rothman Consulting Group, Inc. in 1994. She has had a virtual team long before 2020!

Additionally, Johanna is the author of 18 books (non-fiction & fiction) and hundreds of articles.  She works on a monthly newsletter, and blogs regularly at and

Johanna has served as a program chair for the Agile Alliance for 6 years, as well as a technical editor for TechWell, and a contributing writer to TestRail by Gurock.

Johanna was recently a guest speaker at the DC Lean + Agile Meetup where she covered Modern Management.

Follow Johanna on Twitter @johannarothman.