Agile · Reading

Update and book list

Let’s be honest, it’s been a LONG time since I was blogging regularly. When I started this blog several years ago I had a lot on my mind and wanted to both start and join a conversation about product management. I’m fortunate enough to work with a great team who enjoy experimenting with me on the road toward growing effectiveness as product developers, and I wanted to share what I’m learning with other people and benefit from the wisdom of the wider product development community.

But life and work have kept me busy over these years and I have not prioritized blogging as highly as I’d hoped to. I’ve made a few attempts to revitalize this as a regular practice in my life but none has lasted longer than a couple of months.

Well, I’m trying again. This time the impetus is some training I’m doing with a newer group of product managers and product owners in my current firm. As I try to share some of what I’ve learned with folks newer to the role, I hope to share some of the group insights here. No promises on how successful I’ll be, but I’m eager to give it a shot.

First off, as I’ve been pulling training material together I found a set of books that have been helpful and inspiring to me as a product manager. I love reading and listening to books and these have provided great ideas for me to ponder. I share the list with you here in the hopes that you, too, will something helpful in these pages. And if you have recommendations to share by all means put them in the comments below. Thanks for reading, and I hope to be back here again soon.

Nine super helpful books to read or listen to on product management:

  1. Intercom on Product Management (available as a series of podcasts on various platforms)
  2. Intercom on Jobs to be Done (available as a series of podcasts on various platforms)
  3. The Mom Test (by Rob Fitzpatrick)
  4. Competing Against Luck (by Clay Christensen)
  5. User Story Mapping (by Jeff Patton)
  6. Crossing the Chasm (by Geoffrey Moore)
  7. Inspired (by Marty Cagan, second edition)
  8. Positioning (by Al Ries and Jack Trout)
  9. Steve Jobs (by Walter Isaacson)

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