Episode 86

87: Why Agile Isn’t Working with John Cutler

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February 19th, 2018

53 mins 17 secs

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About this Episode

John Cutler (@johncutlefish) joined Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) to discuss his article “Why Agile Isn’t Working” and what we can do about it.

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John is a 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

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why Agile doesn’t work
  • Discussing principles and values instead of practices
  • How meeting the needs of others can ultimately help us meet our own needs
  • The impact of “promises in progress” in your organization

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