Essential books for product managers

If you are new to the field or want to refresh your memory. These books can be read more than once.

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Zero to One

Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters

Why read?

Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation.

224 pages, Currency 2014

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Sense and Respond

How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously
by Jeff Gothelf & Josh Seiden

Why read?

This engaging and practical book provides the crucial new operational and management model to help you and your organization win in a world of continuous change.

272 pages, Harvard Business Review Press 2017

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
by Ben Horowitz

Why read?

A lot of people talk about how great it is to start a business, but only Ben Horowitz is brutally honest about how hard it is to run one.

304 pages, HarperBusiness 2014

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Meaningful

The Story of Ideas That Fly
by Bernadette Jiwa

Why read?

A must read for any entrepreneur or marketer. It’s full of lots of “aha” moments with a concrete tool that you can implement immediately.

176 pages, Perceptive Press 2015

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Inspired

How To Create Products Customers Love
by Marty Cagan

Why read?

Why do some products make the leap to greatness while others do not? Creating inspiring products begins with discovering a product that is valuable, usable, and feasible. If you can not do this, then it’s not worth building anything.

242 pages, SVPG Press 2008

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Product Leadership

How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams
by Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson & Nate Walkingshaw

Why read?

In this book, you get insights from 50 interviews of the world’s top product managers how to launch great products and build successful product teams.

248 pages, O’Reilly Media 2017

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The Mythical Man-Month

Essays on Software Engineering
by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

Why read?

With a blend of software engineering facts and thought-provoking opinions, Fred Brooks offers insight for anyone managing complex projects.

336 pages, Addison-Wesley Professional 1995

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Intercom on Product Management

by Des Traynor & John Collins

Why read?

This book by the team at Intercom is designed to help those working in the ever-evolving field of product management.

88 pages, Intercom 2015

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Hooked

How to Build Habit-Forming Products
by Nir Eyal & Ryan Hoover

Why read?

Do you wish your users couldn’t live without your product? Through a simple but powerful how-to guide Nir Eyal shows how to convert users that engage with a product into users who’ll return to it again and again. If you want to get a glimpse into the mind of users you should read this book.

256 pages, Portfolio 2014

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Radical Candor

Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
by Kim Scott

Why read?

“Reading Radical Candor will help you build, lead, and inspire teams to do the best work of their lives.” (Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook)

272 pages, St. Martin’s Press 2017

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The Laws of Simplicity

Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life
by John Maeda

Why read?

Ten laws of simplicity for business, technology, and design that teach us how to need less but get more.

117 pages, The MIT Press 2006

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User Story Mapping

Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
by Jeff Patton & Peter Economy

Who Should Read This Book?

Product managers and user experience practitioners in commercial product companies should read this book to help them bridge the gap between thinking about whole products and user experience.

328 pages, O’Reilly Media 2014

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Sprint

How to solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days
by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky & Braden Kowitz

Why read?

New York Times bestseller Sprint takes you behind the scenes with some of America’s most fascinating startups.

288 pages, Simon & Schuster 2016

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Product Management Essentials

Tools and Techniques for Becoming an Effective Technical Product Manager
by Aswin Pranam

This book is for

Individuals who are eyeing a transition into a PM role or have just entered a PM role at a new organization for the first time. They currently hold positions as a software engineer, marketing manager, UX designer, or data analyst and want to move away from a feature-focused view to a high-level strategic view of the product vision.

174 pages, Apress 2017

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Cracking the PM Interview

How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology
by Gayle Laakmann McDowell & Jackie Bavaro

Why read?

This book will teach you how to answer questions like “How many pizzas are delivered in Manhattan?” or “How do you design an alarm clock for the blind?” and more.

364 pages, CareerCup 2013

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The Design of Everyday Things

Revised and Expanded Edition
by Don Norman

Why read?

The Design of Everyday Things is a powerful primer on how — and why — some products satisfy customers while others only frustrate them.

368 pages, Basic Book 2013

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Why read?

In this bestseller, Daniel Kahneman gives practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

512 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011

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The Lean Startup

How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries

Why read?

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

338 pages, Currency 2011

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Don’t make me think

A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
by Steve Krug

What you will learn

Witty, commonsensical, and eminently practical, it’s one of the best-loved and most recommended books on Web design and usability.

216 pages, New Riders 2014

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The Product Manager Interview

164 Actual Questions and Answers
by Lewis C. Lin & Teng Lu

Why read?

The book contains fully solved solutions so readers can learn, improve and do their best at the PM interview.

300 pages, Impact Interview 2017

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