Top 10 books to learn product management

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1. Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love

“Why is it that some products make the leap to greatness while others do not?

To create an inspiring product, you need to start by discovering products that are usable, feasible and valuable. If you cannot do this, then nothing is worth building. How will you know the product opportunities to go after?

What’s the guarantee that the product your engineering team will build will be successful? How do you identify the possible products that will be successful? How do you handle the conflicting demands of company executives, design, sales, customers, marketing, engineering, and many more? How can you approve Agile techniques for commercial production environments? Marty Cagan, a Product management professional answers these questions and many more as he shares various learned methods, and best practices from working with some of the most prosperous companies within the high-tech industry. You’ll find that there’s a very huge difference between the way most prosperous companies create their products.”

2. The Art of Product Management

This is one true product management book you need to read: The Art of Product Management as it is called.

Even though The Art of Product Management was published in 2008 when technology wasn’t that huge like we have now, we feel at ease including it in the list because it has impacted a lot of lives. its values and insights are still relevant today.

The book provides valuable teachings for product managers on how they can develop an operational product roadmap, sufficiently providing for your support teams (which very few businesses do), properly applying agile, etc.

Though this's one of the best books for product managers within the technology industry precisely, we believe its values are broad enough to give value to a PM within any field.

3. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail

Let’s say you have read all these amazing books and a bunch of other recommended books and have created products with loyal followership, and perhaps you’ve grown your business into a flourishing enterprise, you are still not safe yet.

According to Professor Clayton Christensen, (author and Harvard Business School consultant) he explained that new processes and technologies are flooding the market daily — and some deep-rooted leaders are losing to disjointed upstarts just because they have failed to adapt to the new realities.

Another frustrating thing is that other successful companies imbibe a culture of being nimble and becoming accustomed to newer technologies in order to stay competitive — but in most cases, we make the mistake of becoming accustomed the wrong new technologies and failing because of that mistake.

4. The Product Book

Why New PM’s should embrace it:  What should a Product Manager be doing daily. The Product Book talks about the various basics of validation, ideation, execution, testing, and design.

5. The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz’s 2014 masterpiece already has a reputation for being a tech startup classic. The journey into Product Management, especially as a small startup, isn't an easy one. There are lots of ups and downs.

As you grow to become a Product leader within your organization, this book will be instrumental in fully understanding how to go about these modifications and setbacks. The Hard Thing about Hard Things will enable you to start developing your CEO attitude.

6. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

So you have been a Product Manager for some years now. It’s possible you’ve handled a small product, a money product, or were part of the team that managed the big product.
It’s high time you started thinking about the bigger picture.
It’s high time you started thinking of fresh ideas.
It’s high time you started thinking Zero to One.

Zero to One is here to help you get away from the incremental world and open your mind to allow new ideas to come in.

7. Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs

If you have flourished as a Product Manager, that means you’ve set goals and monitored analytics for the products that were in your care. The question everybody now asks is, how were you able to set those goals and objectives?

John Doerr, a Silicon Valley Legend and Venture Capitalist shares a structure called OKRs which was originally founded and used at Intel. Subsequently, he then brought the method to Google in its developmental years, and as we all know, the rest is history.

Now that you are a Product leader, try to read Measure What Matters and set goals that are relevant to your business and monitor the relevant Results which will tell you if you’ll succeed or not. Do not be deceived by how easy the model is, it’s extremely valuable.

8. Evergreen: Cultivate the Enduring Customer Loyalty That Keeps Your Business Thriving

While some companies sustain the loyalty of their customers easily, others find it hard to keep their clients after their first purchase or interaction? Author Noah Fleming examines that vital question and lots more in Evergreen.

As a Progressive PM, you shouldn’t just be thinking about the allegiance or the retention level for your product, but also the trustworthiness level a client has to your business. You need to think on a global scale or you’ll be looking for new clients daily.

9. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

 In The Master Switch, Tim Wu, a renowned author examines a captivating (and truly frightening) inclination where every technology starts in a chaotic and open marketplace before finally growing to be conquered by a cartel or monopolist.

Is this what the future holds for Tech companies and the Internet too? Even though this book is some years old, the lessons within are still valued today.

As a Forward-thinking PM, The Master Switch might not provide tips that you can implement tomorrow, nevertheless, it's going to open your mind to the current macro inclinations and how our technology can change with time.

10. Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

There is that lightbulb moment. An unexpected clarity where everything seems to make perfect sense. You get an idea and you’re excited. But what brings that idea to life?
The printing press, the flush toilet, the battery, the pencil, — these are amazing ideas. But where did they come from? What triggers that flash of brilliance? What type of environment rears such brilliance? How do we produce the innovative technologies that push our lives, our society and our culture forward?

Steven Johnson provides answers to the above questions and also pinpoints the seven important patterns behind great innovations, and traces them through time and disciplines.

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