The Six Essential Books that Every Product Manager Should Read

Mind the Product

Read books, keep tabs on blogs, follow people on Twitter, listen to podcasts, be a massive consumer of ideas and then see what resonates most with you. Here are some of the first books I read after getting into product management. As a bonus the book is now available online for free.

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Product Leadership Book Review? – What we Learned

Mind the Product

The long awaited book Product Leadership is finally about to hit our Kindles, iPads and possibly even our hands. It’s a book that shows product leadership to be a mentality and style, rather than a set of rules. This is a book that shows Product Management has come of age.

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Lewis Lin’s Favorite Books for PMs

Product Bookshelf

Lin , the author of PM Interview Questions , about his favorite books for expanding a product manager’s skill set in the following areas: Product design. ACTION : Read and analyze interesting books, newspapers, advertisements, or anything new you come across.

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New Product Management For Dummies Book Now Available

280 Group

Our New Product Management For Dummies Book is Now Officially Available We are proud to announce the release of the brand new Product Management For Dummies book, written by Brian Lawley and Pamela Schure of the 280 Group.

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How I Read More Books – Bringing the Donuts 02/22/2017

Ken Norton

I read 61 books last year and it was easier than I thought -. At the beginning of last year I decided to try reading more books. It’s much easier than you think to read about a book a week I set what seemed like an unreachable annual goal: fifty. I ended the year with sixty-one, and a conviction that anyone can do it.

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Is The Best Way To Sell More Books By Giving Them Away For Free?

The Accidental Product Manager

What’s the best way to get someone to read your book? Let’s face it: selling books is tough work. The Art Of Giving Books Away For Free. The way that this works is that every day BookBub sends out more than 7 million emails to their list of registered book readers.

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How to Use Psychology to Make Persuasive Video

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is excerpted from Nathalie Nahai’s best-selling book, Webs Of Influence: The Psychology of Online Persuasion. A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. Book Reviews

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Book Review: The Phenomenal Product Manager

The Product Bistro

Written by Brian Lawley, the top man at the 280Group , a consultancy, and training organization with deep product management and product marketing skills and reputations, I was at first put off by how thin the book was. My first pass through the book seemed to bear this out.

How to Use Personality Science to Drive Online Conversions

Nir Eyal

This exclusive book excerpt is from Vanessa’s new book, Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, which was recently named as one of Apple’s Most Anticipated Books of 2017. Behavior Design In Action Book Reviews consumer behavior personality psychology

Amazon Product Managers Prepare To Do The Unthinkable: Open A Store

The Accidental Product Manager

You have Barns & Noble who has 640 stores, you have Books-A-Million who has 255 stores and then there are a lot of smaller independent book sellers out there also. Amazon has already entered the physical world of book selling. We buy from Amazon online, right?

Now Available as an Audio Book: “Building Insanely Great Products: Some Products Fail, Many Succeed…This is their Story”

Spice Catalyst

Now Available as an Audio Book: “Building Insanely Great Products: Some Products Fail, Many Succeed…This is their Story”. The post Now Available as an Audio Book: “Building Insanely Great Products: Some Products Fail, Many Succeed…This is their Story” appeared first on Spice Catalyst.

Book Review: “Badass: Making Users Awesome”

Folding Burritos

Kathy Sierra’s latest book is a must-read for any product person. These ideas are then broken down in detail over the course of the book. That is also one of the perks you’ll get from this book: a great reading list to keep exploring these subjects. Books Opinion

Product Leadership Book Review? – What we Learned

Mind the Product

The long awaited book Product Leadership is finally about to hit our Kindles, iPads and possibly even our hands. It’s a book that shows product leadership to be a mentality and style, rather than a set of rules. This is a book that shows Product Management has come of age.

How Can A Product Manager Bring A Bookstore Back From The Dead?

The Accidental Product Manager

If someone came to you and asked you to make a book store become successful in this day and age, would you take on the challenge? One of the first things that they did was to reduce the amount of space in the store that was dedicated to displaying books. Do bookstores even still exist?

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Finding the Truth Behind MVPs

Melissa Perri

When I happened upon the book and Eric’s method, I [… If you’re interested in learning more about MVPs, I’m running a one day workshop in Paris on June 14, 2016. More information here. A Successful Start I learned about Minimum Viable Products like 99% of other Product Managers – through The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.

How Cognitive Biases Can Help (and Hurt) Your Business

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: Buster Benson is a product manager at Slack who worked previously at Twitter and Habit Labs and is working on a new book about cognitive biases.

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10 Tips for Creating an Agile Product Roadmap

Roman Pichler

You can learn more about agile product roadmaps by: Attending my Product Strategy and Product Roadmap training course ; Reading my book Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age. 1 Focus on Goals and Benefits.

Stop Blaming the User

Melissa Perri

When I was booking [… I’m finally going home from a long business trip and I’m very excited. But my experience with United Airline’s customer service this morning completely killed my good mood. They keep blaming me for their mistake. It’s a story I know well because I see it so commonly in Product Management too.

How SPICES help product managers build insanely great products – with David Fradin

Spice Catalyst

A book caught my attention recently, and when I investigated the author, I was even more intrigued. The book is “Building Insanely Great Products,” written by David Fradin. BIGP Book Newsletter Dave Product Management Product Marketing

Need Your Help! Which book cover do you like most?

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Book Cover 1 Book Cover 2 Book Cover 3. Which book cover do you like most? The post Need Your Help! appeared first on Spice Catalyst. Building Insanely Great Products Newsletter Dave

Scaling the Product Owner Role

Roman Pichler

Scaling and the Product Life Cycle. To understand if and when the product owner role should be scaled, I find it helpful to consider the product’s life cycle stage.

The Product Manager’s Survival Guide

The Product Bistro

As part of the session, he gave away a copy of each of his books via a raffle. One of his books was new to me, The Product Manager’s Survival Guide , geared to the new product manager, who finds themselves needing to come up to speed rapidly. The Layout of the book.

Product Manager vs. Product Owner

Roman Pichler

This sounds like a text-book product management responsibility to me. As you may know, the product owner originated from Scrum, where the role is responsible for maximising the value the product creates.

Is Scrum Right for Your Product?

Roman Pichler

You can also use Kanban for product discovery and strategy validation activities, as I recommend in my book Strategize. The book discusses the product life cycle model with its impact on product strategy and it shows how Kanban can be used for strategy validation.

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The Product Roadmap and the Release Plan

Roman Pichler

You can learn more about release planning and product roadmapping by: Attending my Product Strategy and Product Roadmap training course ; Reading my book Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age. What is a Release Plan?

10 Product Backlog Tips

Roman Pichler

You can learn out more about the product backlog by attending my Product Owner training course and by reading my book Agile Product Management wit Scrum. Tip #1: Complement your Product Backlog with a Product Roadmap.

Now Available in Paperback: Building Insanely Great Products on Amazon

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Managing Product Teams for Success

Product Talk

How to set good outcomes is a book in and of itself, but at a minimum, make sure that: The team knows to focus on a measurable outcome. I’ve been thinking about the challenges of managing product teams by outcomes.

Building Insanely Great Products

Under10 Playbook

Friend David Fradin has written a new book on product management called Building Insanely Great Products and he quotes me on the Amazon page. David is officially launching the book today with a one-day promotion: get the book free.

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“Think Different” is Bad Advice

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: This guest post is an excerpt from the new book Invisible Influence: The Hidden Factors that Shape Behavior, written by my friend and Wharton School professor, Jonah Berger. Being different, the notion goes, is the route to success. Think different was even Apple’s motto for a period. And Apple is often held up as a […]. The post “Think Different” is Bad Advice appeared first on Nir and Far. Business Lessons Design engagement Guest post

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4 Daily Scrum Tips for Product Owners & Product Managers

Roman Pichler

In the book Agile Project Management with Scrum , the meeting is changed to allow product owners to contribute (see pp. Tip #1: Know what it’s all about. The Daily Scrum meeting, sometimes also referred to as stand-up meeting, wants to help the development team manage its work.

How Compare and Contrast Decisions Lead to Better Product Outcomes

Product Talk

Anders Ericsson summarizes the differences between experts and novices in the book Peak. He wrote the book Peak , which is a summary of his life’s work trying to understand the differences between novices and experts. This past week I was in London speaking at Mind the Product.

Product Management for Dummies

Product Bookshelf

Not just for dummies, this book is for everyone. Whether you’re new to product management, want to add to your skills, are hiring product managers, or creating a product management process this book has something for you.

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Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How to Stay Sharp

Nir Eyal

In their new book, The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech […]. Having a hard time focusing lately? You’re not alone. Research shows interruptions occur about every twelve minutes in the workplace, and every three minutes in university settings. In an age of constant digital interruptions, it is no wonder you’re having trouble ignoring distractions. The post Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How to Stay Sharp appeared first on Nir and Far.

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Why This Opportunity Solution Tree is Changing the Way Product Teams Work

Product Talk

It’s working so well that I feel compelled to write a book about it. I hope to have the book ready by early 2017 and I’ll be blogging bits and pieces along the way. I’ve written twelve blog posts about this book—you can find them here. A full answer will require a book.

Life Update + Product Management Discussion + UX Book Club (OH MY!)

Product Manager in Heels

and leading a discussion for the UX Book Club. It has been QUITE the year already, and I’m only half way in! This year I’ve changed jobs, graduated from Babson College with my MBA, gotten promoted (at my new job), and done tons of customer experience research.

Good Products Start With Good Questions

Nir Eyal

Nir’s Note: My friend Jake Knapp just published a fantastic book titled, Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days. The book details a process he and his colleagues at Google Ventures use to quickly go from idea, to prototype, to live test. Jake put together an exclusive excerpt from the book for NirAndFar.com […].

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

Product Talk

A monthly newsletter with book recommendations and worthy reads from around the web. 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]. We will have confidence to proceed when [we see these measurable signals]. If you aren’t familiar with this format, you can learn more about it here.

Product Managers – You Are Not the CEO of Anything

Mind the Product

In Daniel Pink’s book To Sell is Human , he refers to this skill as the ability to “move” people from one mindset to another. Most of the product leaders we interviewed for the book echoed sentiments like this. “A Good, because there’s an entire book full of this stuff!

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