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Product Management books

I’m often asked for a list of my favourite product management books, here’s my list of suggestions.

I’m going to note though that one of the issues I see with this list is a lot of it is written by white men, and those privileged. We as a product management community certainly need to do better to reflect and promote equity in our product learnings and writings and I’d love to hear from you if you have others you’d suggest I check out and read.

Here’s the list:

  • Inspired by Marty Cagan
  • Empowered by Marty Cagan & Chris Jones
  • Yes to the Mess by Frank J. Barrett
  • Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
  • Product Management in Practice by Matt LeMay
  • Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi 
  • The Innovator’s Solution by Clay Christensen
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clay Christensen
  • Interviewing Users: How to Uncover Compelling Insights by Steve Portigal
  • Practical Empathy by Indi Young
  • The Lean Product Playbook by Dan Olsen
  • Sprint by Jake Knapp
  • Build Better Products by Laura Klein
  • Burndown: A Better Way to Build Products by David Cancel and Matt Bilotti
  • Product Leadership by Richard Banfield
  • Product Roadmaps Relaunched by Todd C. Lombardo
  • Hooked by Nir Eyel
  • Escaping the Build Trap by Melissa Perri
  • Decisive by Chip & Dan Heath
  • My Product Management Toolkit by Mark Abraham
  • Radical Focus by Christina Wodtke
  • The Art of Product Management by Rich Mironov
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss
  • Chop Wood Carry Water by Joshua Medcalf
  • Show & Tell by Dan Roam
  • Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
  • Why Always Wins by Stephen Gay
  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  • Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
  • The Team That Managed Itself by Christina Wodtke
  • Execute by Drew Wilson and Josh Long
  • Believe Me by Michael Margolis
  • Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  • The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  • The Jobs to Be Done Playbook by Jim Kalbach
  • Get Agile: Scrum for UX, Design, and Development by Pieter Jonerius et al.
  • Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug
  • Waiting for Your Cat to Bark by Bryan and Jeffrey Einseberg
  • Gamestorming by Dave Gray
  • Selling to the VP of No by Dave Gray

A few other resources that might fall into this category but not published formally in book format:

What’s next up on my reading list in 2021?

  • Strong Product People by Petra Willie
  • Outcomes Over Outputs by Joshua Seiden
  • Working Backwards by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr

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Product management podcasts

I often am asked for a list of my suggested product podcasts. So here it is — the full list I currently subscribe to.

As content varies per podcast, I don’t have particular favourites, so listen to what engages you and is relevant to your product learning and needs.

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Steve Jobs on product design

Designing a product is keeping five thousand things in your brain and fitting them all together in new and different ways to get what you want.

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Product Management at Central 1 Credit Union

highres_258439212I had the pleasure of speaking last night at the inaugural Product Management meetup here in Vancouver. For those interested, here’s a copy of my presentation on Product Management at Central 1. Thanks so much for all the great questions and positive feedback on my presentation.

Product Management User Experience

In order to create a truly innovative product

Three things:

  • Study the tasks people use a product for
  • Turn those tasks into a series of steps the person follows to get the task done
  • Finally, start eliminating steps

That’s it. Innovative products eliminate the friction of doing a task.

Source: — Something Really New: Three Simple Steps to Creating Truly Innovative Products, by Denis J. Hauptly

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On product management

Great quote from Satya Patel (formerly of Twitter):

“Product management isn’t a role or a function, it’s a set of skills. Those skills help remove obstacles and grease the wheels so that the functional experts can do their jobs best. Product management also balances the needs of users, the business and the team and makes the difficult tradeoffs needed to keep pressing ahead. In that way, Product Managers are very similar to CEOs. Very few would argue that a company doesn’t need a CEO. Product managers are simply CEOs of their products. No organization should be without someone who has ‘product management skills’ and works to make everyone else’s lives easier.”

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On risk

Adventure without risk is Disneyland — Doug Coupland

I’ve been working on a big project for the past 2+ years and we’ve recently hit some bumps. Most of the bumps come down to risk. Risk is a funny thing. It makes people scared. It makes people worry. It raises issues of accountability, responsibility and a number of big decisions for those involved. But most interestingly, it seems to paralyze.

If you deal with risk, you need to find ways to overcome paralysis. If you can’t be brave, committed, make bold moves and be willing to try new things — even when the going gets tough — then you should look for other work. This is a risky world, but without risk it’s just Disneyland.

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ProductCamp Vancouver presentation

I had a great day yesterday at the first ever ProductCamp Vancouver. Lots of great information sharing and networking with various people both local and beyond.

My presentation, UX for Product Managers, is below. Thanks to everyone who attended and for all your feedback.