Uncharted Waters:


October 31, 2018  12:49 PM

Sprints to Kanban

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

For as long as I can remember agile has been synonymous with sprints. To do agile, we had to use some sort of iteration, and today that means a two week sprint. We also had to do the required ceremony and ritual of multi-hour planning meetings where the team commits (aka, gets tired of talking...

October 26, 2018  2:10 PM

Doing Innovation Days

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

Google was well known at one point for having a requirement that 20% of employee time be spent off project and on innovative work. This is where GMail, Google News, Google Talk and so on came from. OK, so not all of those are exactly smash hits, but GMail is basically synonymous for personal email...


September 27, 2018  10:40 PM

What Older Technologists Know

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

I stumbled across this Quora question via a


September 25, 2018  9:28 PM

The Product Management Unicorn

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

How many good product managers have you worked with? Like, actually worked with, not just a friend of a friend. I'd guess not very many. I know 2 product managers that I would consider legitimately good. After a few years working in software, and meeting a few product managers, it's strange how few...


August 30, 2018  10:56 PM

The Agile Industrial Complex

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

I wish that literary was mine, but this one belongs to Martin Fowler. He used this phrase in his keynote at the Agile 2018 conference to describe the large monetary system that has been built around agile since 2001. You can read the


August 28, 2018  9:34 PM

Managing Empowered Teams

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

I keep thinking about the Rambo movie, the first one, First Blood I think it was called. The movie wasn't great, but the monolog at the end is legitimately good. Rambo was discharged from the military, was trying to reincorporate into society and was severely neglected. Despite being in the...


July 29, 2018  11:06 AM

Warming up Cold Calls

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

My family and I moved into a new house about a month ago. Buying houses, selling houses, and moving are all terrible. I don't recommend it. Especially 4 months after having a new child. About a week after we were moved in, sales people started coming by. This is whatever you would call the...


June 26, 2018  9:01 PM

Building a Lead

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

The path to leadership in software usually looks something like this. A junior programmer takes a job out of college and works diligently. Every couple of years, that person hops to a new company to get a new job title and an accompanying raise. Eventually, they find a place to settle in for a...


June 25, 2018  11:18 PM

To Spike or to Build, That is The Question

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

Somehow, sometime, the concept of a spike got introduced into agile practice and language. The general idea is this; we need to make a product change but aren't quite sure what direction to take or how to find that direction in the first place. A spike is the black flag we raise to say we need time...


May 29, 2018  10:06 PM

Should Employers Expect Honesty?

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

This story about mistrust was circling around one of the technology themed Slack groups I watch. The plot line is that a manager has an employee abruptly put in...


Forgot Password

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an e-mail containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: