Product Manager Reading List

In the past few years I often got asked for reading recommendation by new product managers or people who are considering moving into product management. Instead of repeating myself I have decide to consolidate the list here and I will update it as more great content comes along.

My preferred Books

Among all the product management books I read those are the 4 best ones. They focus on specific key skills or frameworks that you can apply right away.

Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love

This is the one of the classic and should be one of the first books on the reading list of new product managers.

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

As a product manager, sharing the idea, the vision in an effective way is critical to be able to lead without authority. Made to Stick aims at solving the “Curse of Knowledge” (the product manager has so much more information that others about his own idea) through a simple framework, SUCCESs = Simple; Unexpected; Concrete; Credible; Emotional and Stories.

The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback

The Lean product Playbook will teach you a framework you can apply to iterate your product toward product-market fit.

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products

Hooked give product manager framework to design and build products that create lasting engagement from users through habits building. A must read to understand how to build for retention.

Other Recommendations

The Product Manager’s Toolkit

“The Product Manager’s Toolkit” is a collection of managerial approaches, practical methodologies for nearly all aspects of product management.

The Product Manager’s Desk Reference

“The Product Manager’s Desk Reference”, often recommended, is an overall product management reference covering the breath and depth of product management work.


I hope this was useful and will help you getting started as a product manager.