25 must-read product management articles


I’m constantly consuming articles on product management, product culture, startups and entrepreneurship to bolster my career as a product person and leader. This list is not the be all end all; there are countless ‘must-read’ articles for PMs.

33 Amazing Articles Every Product Manager Must Read


Magazine reports that most CEOs read at least a book a week, and this doesn’t include blogs, articles, podcasts, and videos they devour, too. Regardless, the following articles are a must-read for anyone concerned with rolling out the best product in each iteration. Here are the top 33 most amazing product management articles in no specific order. This insightful article from McKinsey & Company talks about today’s product manager evolving into a mini-CEO.

UI/UX Articles and Interesting Tidbits of the Week

The Product Coalition

Interesting article showcasing the importance of responsive web products, detailing statistics on the reach of responsive products, and what strategies to adopt in order to produce effective Products of that nature. March//9//2018 Here are some interesting finds on UI/UX of the week!

Product Managers: Your peers say you should read these articles


10 must-reads suggested by successful product managers The most successful people read. In fact, many influential entrepreneurs and those looking to better their craft have a habit of reading on a daily basis. But reading that often is easier said than done. It’s not just the time it takes to read. Finding quality content takes time as well. We wanted to help you out. So we’ve asked some. Source. Ideas top-reads

Understanding Customer Needs: Problem vs. Solution Space

280 Group

This is the first article in a three part series on navigating the Problem vs. Solution Space with a focus on understanding customer needs. Understanding Customer Needs “Well, we could…” I stopped myself quickly. I had fallen into the most common of traps.

Running a help center that retains more customers

Inside Intercom

If you develop and ship new features as often as we do, it’s vital that your articles help your customers keep up with the changes. Help articles can quickly become unhelpful, and even misleading, if you don’t review them often enough.

Storytelling For Product Managers – The TL;DR Version

PM Hardcore

In my last article , I covered a powerful storytelling technique in great detail. This article is the summary (the TL;DR ) version. Do you hem and haw when asked talk about one of your accomplishments? Do you stick to a “just the facts, ma’am” approach when telling a story?

Techniques to Stimulate Innovation

Product Manager in Heels

Check out this article from Harvard Business Review. Innovation is an area that every product manager from every organization wanted to focus on and hear more about.

4 Tips For Product Managers To Be Successful Listeners

Sequent Learning

I have been doing a lot of thinking about this lately and came upon some interesting articles that catalyzed me to think a […]. ? Listening is the Key To Product Management Success Why Aren’t More Product Managers Good Listeners?

The Ladder of Evidence: Get More Value From Your Customer Interviews and Product Experiments

Product Talk

See these related articles. Related Articles. One of the best signs of an effective product team is a regular cadence of customer interviews and product experiments. But it’s not enough to simply check the box on these activities; we need to make sure that we do them effectively.

This Weird Research-Backed Goal Setting Hack Actually Works

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This article on goal setting was originally published in early 2016 but got such a great reader response that I decided to expand and update it along with adding the video below.

“Compact, Immediately Useful, and Enough Depth” – The First Review

PM Hardcore

I encourage to you visit Product Bistro , read the review , and check out some of Geoff’s other articles on product management and product marketing ! It’s exciting to see the first review of The Secret Product Manager Handbook !

Recommended web sites

Under10 Playbook

featuring articles from Under10. So many blogs and news sites to choose from. Here are some favorites. Product blogs. Under10's product blog. On Product Management. News aggregators. Alltop on Product Management. Product Management Today from BPMA. Pragmatic Marketing blog

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Christopher Cummings, Product Management Meets Pop Culture

Product Manager in Heels

I love the image that Christopher chose to represent the article, a shot of Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones with an inset of a shot of my with Gunner.

BOM: Product Portfolio

Pragmatic Marketing

Throughout the month we’ll highlight articles, webinars and blog posts around product portfolios including an article and webinar about practical portfolio management and a guide to surviving the product zombie apocalypse. January’s Box of the Month is the product portfolio.

Product Manager Salary Statistics

280 Group

This article will give you some statistics about being a Product Manager and what to expect in terms of salary and other benefits. The Product Manager salary for a new hire in Silicon Valley is now higher than that of engineers. Looking to find out what a reasonable Product Manager Salary is?

Using The Five Queues

Under10 Playbook

This article by Steve Johnson was featured in Pragmatic Marketing's Summer 2017 issue of The Pragmatic Marketer. One of the most powerful concepts in the Under10 Playbook software is "The Five Queues."

Don’t Let Friendships Starve to Death: Use This Happiness Hack to Keep People Close

Nir Eyal

Several months ago, I wrote an article sharing a happiness hack my wife and I use to maintain and nourish close friendships. Here’s a SlideShare summary of the happiness hack article. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Quality Friendships Diagram You may also enjoy reading: Happiness Hack: This One Ritual Made Me Much Happier. The post Don’t Let Friendships Starve to Death: Use This Happiness Hack to Keep People Close appeared first on Nir and Far.

How Much Time Should You Spend in Product Discovery?

Product Talk

Are you interested in more articles like this? I get asked all the time, “How much time should we spend in discovery ?”. I have two problems with this question. First, it assumes you do discovery first and then delivery second, which is not true.

What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea?

Nir Eyal

An article written by Christopher Mele at the […]. The subject line read: “did you see this?” The message was from my editor Jen. Nir, I saw the headline on this story and thought it might be written by you—but no!” she wrote. Very weird.” I instantly clicked on the link she’d sent. It was uncanny! The post What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea? appeared first on Nir and Far. Business Lessons Upgrading Yourself Life lessons

Here’s Why Every Product Manager Must Learn to Love Data


The HBR article suggests anyone without a basic understanding of statistics take a refresher, while noting that said refresher does not mean going back to school. “Big data.”

Product Manager Certification: What, Why, How

280 Group

This article discusses the benefits of certification and what you can expect to gain by becoming certified. Advancing your career by earning a Product Manager Certification can be a highly-effective strategy.

What is 'leadership', and how important is it for product managers?

Product Manager in Heels

I'll leave you with my favorite definition taken from this article : "Leadership is the ability to take an average team of individuals and transform them into superstars. Leadership is a necessity for product managers, yet many of us can't quite figure out the definition.

Why Has Business Education Failed Business

Product Leadership

This article [Want to Kill Your Economy? Have MBA Programs Churn out Takers Not Makers] by Rana Foroohar based on her book “Makers & Takers: The Rise of Finance and Fall of American Business” talks about the state of business education in the US. For my friends in India, I am curious to know if … Continue reading Why Has Business Education Failed Business → Business Schools Career/Leadership Product Management

Sprint Review Tips for Product Owners

Roman Pichler

See my article “ How to Choose the Right Product Validation Technique in Scrum ” for more information.). Involve the Right People.

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4 Powerful Ways to Use Rapid Prototyping to Drive Product Success

Product Talk

If you remember my article, Why Drawing Maps Sharpens Your Thinking , you already know that externalizing your ideas takes the burden off of your working memory, allowing you to spend more cognitive energy evaluating your ideas. a mix of articles and videos).

How to Regain Focus at Work by Slaying the Messaging Monster

Nir Eyal

Below are resources, tools, and articles for regaining focus in your digital life. Technology is taking over our lives, especially in the workplace. What can we do to put technology in its place to finally get focused work done? These are tools I use myself but is not meant to be an exhaustive list. Full disclosure […]. The post How to Regain Focus at Work by Slaying the Messaging Monster appeared first on Nir and Far. Changing Your Habits Putting Technology In Its Place

3 Simple Steps To Make Your Customer Stories 10x Better

PM Hardcore

In my articles about go to market , I always mention the importance of “customer stories.” We’ll cover a basic storytelling structure in this article. In the next article I will drill down further on the PSR format. How To Accelerate Sales With Great Storytelling.

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3 Simple Steps To Make Your Customer Stories 10x Better

PM Hardcore

In my articles about go to market , I always mention the importance of “customer stories.” We’ll cover a basic storytelling structure in this article. In the next article I will drill down further on the PSR format. How To Accelerate Sales With Great Storytelling.

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Is MVP Dead?

bpma ProductHub

There are numerous articles now about MVP and why it no longer works. Is Minimum Viable Product Dead? – By Don Stoddard . Minimum Viable Product is a widely accepted concept; so why do so many people want to declare it dead?

The 280 Group’s Top Product Management Blog Posts of 2016

280 Group

Here at the 280 Group we have been maintaining a Product Management blog for over a decade Every year we produce articles that we hope our readers find interesting and useful. We felt that 2016 was likely the best year yet for our Product Management Blog so we would like to share with all of you the top 10 most visited posts of the year. Let us know in the comments which was your favorite, we appreciate the feedback. continue reading].

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The Problem We Solve is the Question We Ask

Product Leadership

As the article states, it caused a little panic. Just before 2017 came to an end, a Google Internet connectivity balloon crashed in Kenya and landed in a farm. Fortunately, there was no damage to life or property. Most of us are familiar with what Google has been doing with balloons, but this prompted digging … Continue reading The Problem We Solve is the Question We Ask → Customer Value/JTBD Design Thinking/UX Innovation/Lean Startup Product Management

How to Improve Your Experiment Design (And Build Trust in Your Product Experiments)

Product Talk

Subscribers receive: A monthly article or video on product discovery/continuous innovation. His feedback led to significant revisions that made this article better. I’ve got a pet peeve to share with you. If you’ve been following along with the growth of the Lean Startup and other experimental methods, you’ve probably come across this hypothesis format: We believe [this capability]. Will result in [this outcome].

Product Leader – Your Comfort Zone Kills Innovation

280 Group

The Evolution of Modern Product Discovery

Product Talk

So when you read that next article about whatever comes next, all I would ask is that you take a step back and you say okay, here’s what I need to ask myself to know if I should use this tool, and when I should use this tool. Product management is evolving quickly.

A Better Approach To Demoing Can Turn Sales Around

PM Hardcore

But as I wrote the recent post on how my various articles align with the Secret Product Management Framework I realized I didn’t have many articles on go-to-market. A Sales Demo Challenge.

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How to Win Your Competition’s Customers

Nir Eyal

Today, I’d like to share a quick video of the ideas in that article. About a year ago, I wrote an essay about how to win your competition’s customers habits.

Create Your First Roadmap with Craft


In this article, you’ll get to know the roadmap structure, how to use the different elements correctly and how to toggle around the roadmap views until you find a view you like. This view allows you to see the layout of your roadmap as described below: Go to the full article.

This Framework Gives You Product Management Super Powers

PM Hardcore

” In this case, the previous observations are the articles I’ve been posting on the blog. In this article, I tie the older posts to the framework. Two Good Articles on Decision-Making For Product Managers. Breakthrough! The Secret Product Management Framework.

10 Questions: Teresa Torres

Clever PM

For this January’s article, I reached out to Teresa Torres […]. I’m excited to kick off the new year with a new installment of my ongoing “10 Questions” series, surveying leaders in the Product Management world for their thoughts on the fundamentals of Product Management as well as questions related to their specific areas of expertise. Product Management 10 Questions Definitions Good PM Leadership Learning PM