Stories Connecting Dots with Markus Andrezak
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Stories Connecting Dots by Markus Andrezak tries to discover the many different ways businesses navigate in an environment of change.
Stories Connecting Dots versucht die unterschiedlichsten Wege zu entdecken, auf denen Unternehmen erfolgreich mit drastischem Wandel umgehen..
Most Recent Episode
Ep. 11: John Cutler - Writing and Thinking on Product work
This time my guest is John Cutler. He is the hardest working man in product business. At least he is the hardest and most writing man in product business. since ages he writes, thinks and muses about things he observes and wonders about in what we see as our jobs in product work. John might actually really be one of the hardest working men in our business. On top of writing on a nearly daily basis, he has a plain normal day job. Well, what’s normal. He is Senior Product Manager for Search and Relevance at Zendesk. Asked how he gets all of this done, he says he needs it. He says, he accepts mediocrity in his writing to get anything done. That’s close to the things Denise said in the last podcast. What I really love about what John writes is his (in the best sense of the word) pragmatic and un-ideological view. I see this in many people who still have a day job. Not being connected to and being reliant on consulting and methods and marketing sometimes helps bring things to the point. Not only does John write a lot, he writes good stuff as well. A couple of months ago he wrote a blog post on feature factories, places where we don’t feel the impact of what we are doing. Listen to how that came about and how we take that topic to more interesting insights on how innovation in product might soon occur in unexpected places. And now, please join our chat! Have fun! Chapters 0:00:00 Why and how John writes such a lot 00:08:58 Context and tensions in the product world 00:11:44 How the most common sense things can be useless in a different context 00:18:15 The common thread in John's writing and viewpoints 00:21:52 Tangible vs. digital products 00:26:50 The huge story of the feature factory and what we learned from it Chapter Notes 00:00:00 Why and how John writes such a lot "I am a pattern matcher .. I go through my pattern library" "The first thing I had to do was to accept I wouldn't get it right every time" "It starts with an emotion in lots of cases" "I like to ask why! when I was in school, I was part of a performance and my costume was a question mark on the top