The Beautiful Mess

John Cutler
The beautiful mess of cross-functional product development
Created 01 Jan 2020
  • TBM 48/52: Premature Convergence
    25 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Before we jump in…some potentially interesting bits of content: A 4,000 word post-in-progress on Bets, Success metrics, and Roadmapping An on-demand video on North Star Framework and Inputs/Flywheels ...
  • TBM 47/52: Operations (and ProductOps)
    18 Nov 2021 • 1 min read
    In operations, we take a look at a sociotechnical system, consider its goal(s), and then think about how to help that system “operate” more effectively. Operations can be a formal role. Or it can be a...
  • TBM 46b/52: 7 Lessons for Sustainable Change Agency
    13 Nov 2021 • 13 min read
    I wrote this in late 2020, but never got around to publishing it. It is loosely based on a talk I gave at Agile-Lean Ireland. The drawings are from a 100 day doodle challenge. In the last eight months...
  • TBM 46/52: Annual Planning (Wicked Problem)
    11 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    I had a lot of fun doing this podcast with Melissa Perri. We chat about patterns across product teams, as well as how to make sure you’re moving forward in your career. Check it out. Tis the season fo...
  • TBM 45/52: Big Disrupted Enterprises vs. "The Best"
    04 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Note: As a follow up to my talk on North Star Framework and OKRs, I am doing a deep-dive on North Star Inputs and Flywheels. Sign up! It’s free. I have been thinking a great deal about the difference ...
  • TBM 44/52: Three Teams (Boring, Chaotic, Buffered)
    28 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    First a favor. I’m doing some research on how people frame the path from insights to outcomes. If you can spare 180 seconds, please complete this short activity. Onward… My job involves talking to (lo...
  • TBM 43A/52: More Stories About the Mess
    21 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    Here's a big challenge in the industry. On one hand you have simple frameworks. Yesterday's post on Drivers, Limiting Constraints, Floats, and Enabling Constraints is an example. I have dozens of thes...
  • TBM 43/52: The Secret to Initiative Success (D, LC, F, EC)
    20 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Just kidding with the title. There are no secrets or magic potions. Doing the hard work below helps improve the probability of a better outcome though. First a quick overview of Drivers, Constraints, ...
  • TMB 42/52: The Integrator Burden
    13 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Does your role involve being an "integrator" across teams? Supporting. Connecting. Cohering. Resolving. Balancing. Listening. Translating. Absorbing. If so, there is a good chance you have a view of y...
  • TBM 41b/52: Suitably Detailed Roadmap Items
    07 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    I am a big believer in teams having a suitably detailed, one year rolling roadmap at the ready. The trick? Suitably detailed roadmap items. Think of it as progressively disclosing options/solutions. F...
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