Product Management in Practice by Matt LeMay
- PMs will always be wondering what needs to be done, because figuring out “what needs to be done” is the job of the product management.
- Get comfy making best guesses, because you’ll always be making best guesses.
- Above all, Product is a connective role.
The Mom Test by Rob Fitzpatrick
- How to ask questions that get to the heart of people’s real problems.
Making Work Visible by Domonica DeGrandis
- How to bring structure to your own work, your team’s work, and your organization’s work.
The Knack by Brodsky & Burlingham
- Relatable stories about entrepreneurs that had to figure stuff out as they went.
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni
- The best insulator against the future failure of a now-successful business is: 1) good people, 2) organized well.
The Three Signs of a Miserable Job by Patrick Lencioni
- A fun story about how to help people on your team do fulfilling work (also, read Aytekin’s Excellence Is Obsolete).
Made to Stick by Chip & Dan Heath
- If you want your product to stick, it’s name needs to be easy to say — easier than the alternative.
Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
- In the beginning, there was meaning; the product was the the meaning made evident.
- Steve couldn’t not do what he did.
- The story of how one guy revolutionized or gave birth to five industries: personal computers, animated films, music, phones, and tablets.
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
- Because the fastest way to have a better idea is to test a smaller idea, first.
Small Giants by Bo Burlingham
- Sometimes, spirit is greater than scale.
Mistakes that Worked by Charlotte Jones
- Mistakes can lead to unexpected success.
- Sandwiches were invented so that John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, wouldn’t have to leave the gambling table for dinner.
- Potato chips were conceived when a cook responded angrily to a customer’s unreasonable request.
Death By Meeting by Patrick Lencioni
- Conflict is good, because it brings the best ideas to the top.
- Be direct — it saves time.
I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better by Gary & Joy Lundberg
- How to stay sane, even when all the stakeholders want all the things.
- The universal human (read: stakeholder) need is to know: “I am of worth, my feelings matter, and someone really cares about me.”
Competing Against Luck by Clayton Christensen
- Human needs never change; the products used to meet these needs, do.
- Explains why a product that’s constantly being improved can still be displaced in the market. (Or, just watch the video.)
One Second Ahead by Rasmus Hougard
- To perform well, practice mindfulness.
Built to Sell by John Warrillow
- To create sustaining value, build products and teams that can thrive without you.
Escaping The Build Trap, by Melissa Perri
- A product’s success must be measured in terms of value to the organization, customer, or user. Celebrating the build and release of functionality is fun — but that cannot be the primary metric.
- When businesses focus on release of functionality, it is easily to lose focus on value to customer.