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by Johanna Rothman
Agile changes how we develop products. We no longer have the big design up front, or even know enough about what the product might do at the beginning. How can you continue to create great products that people will want, and that will be coherent? You can change your perspective from serving the product to serving the people.
When you include servant leadership for the people on the teams, you continue your work as a traditional architect: shepherd the business value of the architecture, explore possibilities so the teams can implement, and create new ideas for how the product(s) will fit together. In addition, you coach and serve the people on the teams. You no longer have to be the only one with the vision. You can share the vision.
This challenges everyone: you and your sense of worth; the teams and how they work with you; and the organization for who does what, how, and how to compensate everyone.
In this talk, Johanna Rothman will discuss how agile creates opportunities for architects, and what servant leadership can look like for architects.
Johanna Rothman, known as the “Pragmatic Manager,” provides frank advice for your tough problems. She helps leaders and teams see problems and resolve risks and manage their product development.
Johanna was the Agile 2009 conference chair. She is the current technical editor. Johanna is the author of these books:
– Agile and Lean Program Management: Scaling Collaboration Across the Organization
– Project Portfolio Tips: Twelve Ideas for Focusing on the Work You Need to Start & Finish
– Diving for Hidden Treasures: Finding the Value in Your Project Portfolio
– Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic Approaches to Estimating Cost or Schedule
– 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 writes columns for and, and writes two blogs on her web site,, as well as a blog on