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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
  • Continuous Discovery Habits by Teresa Torres

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