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John Cutler

Product Evangelist


John Cutler is keenly focused on user experience and evidence-driven product development. He mixes and matches various methodologies — jobs-to-be-done, Lean UX, Lean Startup, customer development, and design thinking — to help teams deliver lasting outcomes for their customers.

“Team tetris and the feature factory will only take you so far. Cross-functional teams desire so much more, and my passion is helping them get there. It’s a win/win for the front-line teams, the business, and the customer and user.”

John currently works as a product evangelist at Amplitude. As a former UX researcher at AppFolio, a product manager at Zendesk,, AdKeeper and RichFX, a startup founder, and a product team coach, John has a perspective that spans individual roles, domains, and products.

His viral enthusiasm has been heard through speaking/teaching engagements at Front, Oredev, Mind The Product, Agile 2015, Heart of Agile Philadelphia (2016), and various ProductCamps (Vancouver, Los Angeles, Raleigh NC) and MeetUps (Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, New York). John’s talk on Feature Factories was voted one of the Top 10 Product Talks of 2017. In 2018,

Mixing in some less-than-typical experiences — driving rickshaws in NYC, and touring the US with “five other weird creative people in a van playing music” — John blogs prolificallyabout collaboration, product development, diversity, UX research, lean startup, and user experience. Some notable posts include The Evolving Product Manager Role, Persona(s) Non Grata, 12 Signs You’re Working in a Feature Factory, and Stop Setting Up Product Roadmaps To Fail.

Healing The Designer/Product Manager Divide

I am noticing a trend. Increasingly, I am seeing the rifts between designers and developers heal, and the rifts between developers/designers and product management widen. Why is this happening? What can we do to address this (often unhealthy) tension for the benefit of our customers, teams, and organizations? In this talk we will explore the why behind these shifts. Then we will focus on actionable “hacks” to move forward and improve. We’ll touch on potentially valuable mental models, frameworks, activities, safe-to-fail experiments, and “try this next week” calls to action. Throughout, I will try to share what I’ve learned speaking to product teams across a wide spectrum of contexts.

Q&A with John Cutler & Haroon Aslam

Andy will take your questions for John & Haroon

No Coffee Line

Avoid the queues and just bring your own refreshment of choice.