What is the worst product decision you have seen / made in your company? Why was that decision made? What did you learn from it?

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My extended team spent weeks redesigning a toolbar. That nobody had complained about.
Because the CEO thought the previous one was “too round”.

After several (20+), extremely detailed high-fidelity iterations with a LOT of inconclusive user testing, and then several rounds of development iterations later, we went from round buttons to blocky rectangular buttons.

All this while we were starving for resources on several other critical product features and initiatives, which customers were begging us for. But because the CEO did not have the attention bandwidth to dive deep enough into these problems, they were not “sexy” enough for him to obsess over.


This is a Billion $ ARR public company.

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Oh man, that must be brutal.

Can’t relate; we only make perfect product decisions here.

(Cancelling Reader)

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In early 2000’s I worked for a pretty good company. However, one migration project was just bad. Why ? The only requirement we had was “Make it work like it does today”. No documentation, old code in Cobol.

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