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Creating an Adaptable Life

Boston Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN) Meeting

6:00-7:00 Networking with PIZZA

6:00-6:45 Roundtables (also with PIZZA)

7:00-7:10 Announcements

7:10-8:20 Presentation by Johanna Rothman

8:20-8:30 Questions and Answers 

Who: Everyone (Industry, Government, Academia)


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.

About the Speaker:  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 writes two blogs on her web site,, as well as a blog on


 The MITRE Corporation, 202 Burlington Rd. (Rt. 62), Building S, Bedford, MA 01730 

building M, next to the two story garage located near the entrance to the MITRE Campus

NOTE: Because of security concerns, you'll need a Picture ID and any large items you bring will be opened and inspected when you arrive. If you are a foreign national the MITRE Security Department has a new requirement. Any foreign national attending meetings anywhere within MITRE needs to give 10 days' notice to the Security Department before they show up in the lobby; otherwise they will be turned away. If you are a foreign national desiring to attend this Boston SPIN meeting please email Ken Palmer, [masked], or Samuel J. Cardman, [masked], more than 10 days prior to the meeting so they can get paperwork submitted within the required time frame. Be sure to bring both a picture ID and visa/”Green Card” information with you to the meeting for the receptionist.

The earliest arrival time is 5:15pm. because of security concerns, you'll need a Picture ID and any large items you bring will be opened and inspected when you arrive. Please note MITRE's Corporate Security No one will be admitted prior to that time. The building is secured at 8:30pm. All attendees must have left the building by that time. Info: See our web page for information and directions. 

Boston SPIN meetings are free. No RSVP is necessary.

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