AFH 072: Agile Product Management with John Cutler [PODCAST]

John Cutler (@johncutlefish) and Amitai Schleier (@schmonz) joined Ryan Ripley (@RyanRipley) to discuss feature factories, outcomes, and excellent agile product management.

John Cutler presenting his agile product management insights.

Product Manager John Cutler presenting his agile product management insights.

John Multiple hat-wearer. Product development nut. He loves wrangling complex problems and answering the why with qualitative and quantitative data. John blogs on Medium here. John is currently Senior Product Manager for Search and Relevance at Zendesk. He has a perspective that spans individual roles, domains, and products. John knows agile product management and frequently shares his knowledge on Twitter.

Amitai is a software development coach, speaker, legacy code wrestler, non-award-winning musician, award winning bad poet, and the creator of the Agile in 3 Minutes podcast. He blogs at schmonz.com and is a frequent guest on Agile for Humans. Amitai has published many of his agile observations and musings in his new book – Agile in 3 Minutes on Lean Pub.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why a feature factory models work in the short term and fail in the long term.
  • How to empower and engage your teams with customer collaboration
  • When to change roles in order to gain insights and empathy

Links from the show:

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Want to hear another podcast about the life of an agile coach? — Listen to my conversation with Zach Bonaker, Diane Zajac-Woodie, and Amitai Schlair on episode 39. We discuss growing an agile practice and how coaches help create the environments where agile ideas can flourish.

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  • galleman

    To avoid feature factory, where your Product Roadmap with business capabilities and their measures of effectiveness and measures of performance, and where’s the Release Plan (Capabilities or Cadence)?
    This is a business facing process. If it’s missing? Why? Put it back

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  • Brad Stokes

    This really resonated with me. Thank you. It can be very challenging to get that feed back as a dev at times. It almost seems that a PO’s role revolves around keeping customers at arms length. I know this is not the case, but it could be easily perceived that way. How do you suggest a team goes about opening those channels of communication?