Product Management Resources To Make It Look Like You Know What You’re Doing

When I first became Product Manager for Pebble, nothing could have prepared me for how different it would be. Despite a background in Project Management, Customer Service, Business Analysis and Financial Forecasting (among other things), I knew next to nothing about how to plan, manage and launch a successful software product.

Product Management isn’t new. Silicon Valley startups have been employing Product Managers since the mid-nineties, at least. In traditional industries, they’ve always existed in some shape or other.

Great Product Managers are utility players; experienced individuals with a good working knowledge of every discipline their role touches. Like Ben Horowitz says in his defining article, Good Product Manager / Bad Product Manager, Product Managers are the CEOs of their products.

But how does a newbie learn all the skills they need to be able to get their hands dirty at each stage of the product journey?

Thankfully, there’s a ton of great content online to help new Product Managers get to grips with the job. You can learn a lot from those who’ve done it before, after all; they’ve made the mistakes so you don’t have to.

Here are my picks of the best articles and resources which have helped me look like I know what the hell I’m meant to be doing:

Product Manager Overview

What, Exactly, Is A Product Manager?

A Product Manager’s Job

We Are Product Managers

Good Product Manager Bad Product Manager

The Black Box Of Product Management

The Three Skillsets That Make Successful Product Managers

What Distinguishes The Top 1% Of Product Managers From The Top 10%?

What Is A Product Manager?

Roadmaps & Prioritization

Manage Your Time Like Google Invests Its Resources: 70/20/10

#now, #next, #later: Roadmaps without the Drudgery

How To Build A Product Roadmap Everyone Understands

How To Get Away With Ambiguous Timelines

The Product Manager’s Guide To Continuous Delivery And DevOps

Another Day, Another Product Canvas

How To Avoid Making Products No One Wants

9 Tips For Creating A Winning Product Plan Using Mind Maps

Product Management Tools For Startups

Seven Reasons To Adopt #NoEstimates In Software Delivery

Thomas Jefferson, Steve Jobs And The Rule Of Three

Management & Leadership

Be A Great Product Leader

Leading Cross-Functional Teams

The Most Underrated Product Management Skill: Influence Without Authority

Good Product Team Bad Product Team

Bad Managers Talk, Good Managers Write

10 Things Product Managers Need To Know About People

How Companies Like Google Set (And Accomplish) Their Goals

Set Goals With OKRs

12 OKR Tips From Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and Intel

The All-Blacks Revealed… 15 Lessons For Business Leaders

What Star Trek Can Teach You About Meetings (No, Really)

User Experience

Focus On The User, Not The Product

Product Manager vs Marketer: Who’s In Charge Of User Onboarding?

User Onboarding Isn’t A Feature

Lessons Learned From Asana’s Email Specialist

Slack’s First Product Manager on How to Make a Firehose of Feedback Useful

Do Things That Don’t Scale

6 Best Practices to Streamline User Onboarding

Onboarding New Users Is Harder Than You Think

7 Customer Experience Lessons I Learned From The Smartest Minds In The Industry

Group User Testing: The Power Of Focus

Productivity & Time Management

How To Scale Yourself And Get More Done Than You Thought Possible

How To Use Personal Kanban To Visualise Your Work

Clearing to Neutral: The One Habit That Stops You From Procrastinating

5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day Long

The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People

15 Email Etiquette Rules Every Professional Should Follow

You Don’t Have A Productivity Problem, You Have A Priority Problem

Increase Productivity In 20 Easy Lessons

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Originally published at on March 16, 2016.

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