Just a quick update. I’ haven’t checked Medium for a long time, but it appears as if my posts still get some traffic here.

In 2020 I wrote exclusively on Substack. You can find my fifty-three 2020 posts (I also turned it into an ebook) here:

In 2021, I’m continuing to write weekly on Substack here:

I moved all of my Medium content here:

That’s it for now!

How do product managers lose the trust of their team?

How they communicate with their teammates plays a big role.


A product manager says “I think we should stop iterating on this feature.”

The designer and engineers on the team disagree. They’ve been reviewing some customer feedback, and they’re not…

So! You have arrived at this post for the definitive MVP definition. The definition to rule them all. An answer to your pent up MVP angst. The “I TOLD YOU SO!” fodder for your Slack #product-articles cannon.

I am here to disappoint you. Here’s the deal. You need to have…

So you want to fix something in your company? You’re not happy, and want something to change? Here is a quick thread describing I was given once, and ignored. And paid the price. And now I give it to others.

Keep in mind the sad, sad fact that folks stuck…

Common pattern…

An organization has many “product teams”, but the teams lack autonomy, the work is riddled with cross-team dependencies, and the teams share team members (e.g. product, design, data science, and ops).

Rewind, and you often find a well-meaning attempt to support small teams…and a manager who was having…

One of the thorny challenges when attempting to improve a system optimized for high WIP, is that it is almost never as simple as “visualize work and lower WIP!” Nor is it always about factors external to the team. Expect deep, and seemingly irrational resistance. Why? …

I frequently meet teams struggling with OKRs.

When I dig deeper, I often find that the team is having to “reinvent the wheel” each and every quarter. There’s a mad rush in the final days of the quarter to fine-tune objectives, “come up with” key results, and make sure it…

John Cutler

Multiple hat-wearer. Prod dev nut. I love wrangling complex problems and answering the why with qual/quant data. @johncutlefish on Twitter.

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