Updated: All books we have recommended on The PM Library ever (190 books)

Alexander Hipp
Dec 21, 2018 · 62 min read

From essentials to inspirational books about product management, AI, leadership, design and collaboration.

Latest update 12. December 2019

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Our overview of all the books we have recommended in The PM Library ever (chronologically).


Lean Analytics

Gregor Meyenberg — Head of Product at Event Inc says

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440 pages, O’Reilly Media 2013

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Running Lean

Florian Gansemer — Managing Director at kununu engage says

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240 pages, O’Reilly Media 2012

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The Lean Entrepreneur

Clement Kao — Product Manager at Blend says

“A sprawling overview of some of the biggest ideas in the start-up world.”
— Seth Godin (Author The Icarus Deception)

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224 pages, Wiley 2016

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The Principles of Product Development Flow

Barry O’Reilly — Author, Speaker and Founder says

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304 pages, Wiley 2009

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Treasure Roadmap

Opinion by the author

More book recommendations by Momčilo Dakić

163 pages, Amazon Digital Services LLC 2019

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Validating Product Ideas

Christian Becker — Founder of leanproductable says

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344 pages, Rosenfeld 2016

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The Lean Product Playbook

Henrik Hedegaard — Head of Product Experience at Parabolic.io says

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336 pages, Wiley 2015

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The Ride of a Lifetime

Why read?

272 pages, Random House 2019

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The Man Who Solved the Market

Why read?

384 pages, Portfolio 2019

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Bad Blood

Why read?

352 pages, Knopf 2018

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Outliers

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers” — the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different?

336 pages, Back Bay Books 2011

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Creativity, Inc.

Why read?

368 pages, Bantam Press 2014

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Billion Dollar Whale

Why read?

416 pages, Hachette Books 2019

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Indistractable

Why read?

Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.

300 pages, BenBella Books 2019

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Essentialism

Why read?

272 pages, Currency 2014

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The Productivity Project

Why read?

The Productivity Project — and the lessons Chris learned — are the result of that year-long journey. Among the counterintuitive insights Chris Bailey will teach you:
· slowing down to work more deliberately;
· shrinking or eliminating the unimportant;
· the rule of three;
· striving for imperfection;
· scheduling less time for important tasks;
· the 20-second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions;
· and the concept of productive procrastination.

304 pages, Currency 2017

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Deep Work

Who should read this book?

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy.

304 pages, Grand Central Publishing 2016

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The Bullet Journal Method

Why read?

* Track the past: Using nothing more than a pen and paper, create a clear and comprehensive record of your thoughts.

* Order the present: Find daily calm by tackling your to-do list in a more mindful, systematic, and productive way.

* Design the future: Transform your vague curiosities into meaningful goals, and then break those goals into manageable action steps that lead to big change.

320 pages, Portfolio 2018

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Extreme Productivity

Why read?

304 pages, HarperBusiness 2012

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Getting Things Done

Why read?

352 pages, Penguin Books 2015

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Antifragile

Why read?

544 pages, Incerto 2014

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The EQ Interview

Why read?

192 pages, Amacom 2008

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Pixels and Place

Why read?

“Kate O’Neill’s Pixels and Place is a must read for those of us fascinated by the tidal shift taking place around us in the way we envision the world and our experiences within it.”
— Mitch Lowe, Founding executive of Netflix

224 pages, KO Insights 2016

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Tech Humanist

Why read?

267 pages, Independently 2018

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Product Roadmaps Relaunched

Why read?

272 pages, O’Reilly Media 2017

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Product Research Rules

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Super Thinking

Why read?

352 pages, Portfolio 2019

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Testing Business Ideas

Why read?

368 pages, Wiley 2019 (NEW)

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Analog In, Digital Out

Why read?

336 pages, New Riders 2006

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Understanding Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile

Why read?

“While powerful concepts, Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile are heavily misunderstood. Jonny elegantly breaks down the real meaning behind these terms, and tells you how they can be used effectively to create great products. It’s a must read for every organization.”
— Melissa Perri (Keynote speaker, teacher, and author of Escaping The Build Trap.)

76 pages, O’Reilly 2013

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The Breakthrough Speaker

Why read?

361 pages, 20s & 30s Press 2018

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TED Talks

Why read?

390 pages, Mariner Books 2016

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Unleash the Power of Storytelling

Why this book?

Unleash the Power of Storytelling offers step-by-step instructions for finding, shaping and telling powerful stories. You’ll learn about the essential ingredients that go into any good story and how to avoid common storytelling pitfalls.

178 pages, Eastlawn Media 2018

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Speak With No Fear

When to read this book?

Through this book you will learn 7 strategies you can begin today. These strategies will give you a new perspective, they will prepare you, and they will give you actions to practice. As you implement these strategies, your fear will begin to fade.

181 pages, Advance, Coaching & Consulting 2019

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The Storyteller’s Secret

Why read?

288 pages, St. Martin’s Griffina 2017

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How to Deliver a TED Talk

Why read?

240 pages, McGraw-Hill Education 2013

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How to Own the Room

Why read?

240 pages, Collins 2019

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Words That Change Minds

Why read?

Learn how to use the right words with the right people, and get through the “Communication Wall”

356 pages, Bloomanity LLC 2019

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Remote

Why read?

256 pages, Currency 2013

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Distributed Teams

Why read?

335 pages, Release Mechanix 2018

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Working Remotely

Why read?

46 pages, Rocket Matter 2014

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The Year Without Pants

Why read?

272 pages, Jossey-Bass 2013

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Reinventing Organizations

Why read?

172 pages, Nelson Parker 2016

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The Digital Nomad Survival Guide

Why read?

207 pages, 2017

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Work Together Anywhere

Why read?

519 pages, Collaboration Superpowers 2018

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The Remote Revolution

Why read?

176 pages, Lioncrest Publishing 2017

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Influencing Virtual Teams

Why read?

“Smart, easy to read, and pragmatic. ‘Influencing Virtual Teams’ is now a must-read for all of my clients building remote teams.”
- Patrick Linton, Co-Founder, BoltonRemote

68 pages, CreateSpace Independent 2016

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Virtual Culture

Why read?

210 pages, Lioncrest Publishing 2018

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Interviewing Users

Why read?

176 pages, Rosenfeld Media 2013

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UX Research

Why read?

256 pages, O’Reilly Media 2016

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Talking to Humans

Why read?

88 pages, Giff Constable 2014

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The Mom Test

Why read?

136 pages, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform 2013

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The UX Book

Why read?

968 pages, Morgan Kaufmann 2012

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Lean UX

Why read?

208 pages, O’Reilly Media 2016

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Applied Artificial Intelligence

Why read?

175 pages, Topbots 2018

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Data Smart

Why read?

“When Mr. Foreman interviewed for a job at my company, he arrived dressed in a ‘Kentucky Colonel’ kind of suit and spoke about nonsensical things like barbecue, lasers, and orange juice pulp. Then, he explained how to de-mystify and solve just about any complex ‘big data’ problem in our company with simple spreadsheets. No server clusters, mainframes, or Hadoop-a-ma-jigs. Just Excel. I hired him on the spot. After reading this book, you too will learn how to use math and basic spreadsheet formulas to improve your business or, at the very least, how to trick senior executives into hiring you as their data scientist.”
— Ben Chestnut, Founder & CEO of MailChimp

All rights reserved John W. Foreman

432 pages, Wiley 2013

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Data Science for Business

Why read?

“A must-read resource for anyone who is serious about embracing the opportunity of big data.”
— Craig Vaughan, Global Vice President at SAP

414 pages, O’Reilly Media 2013

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The Creativity Code

Why read?

While most recent books on AI focus on the future of work, The Creativity Code moves us to the forefront of creative new technologies and offers a more positive and unexpected vision of our future cohabitation with machines. It challenges us to reconsider what it means to be human―and to crack the creativity code.

320 pages, Belknap Press 2019

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Designing Agentive Technology

Why read?

All rights reserved Talks at Google

240 pages, Rosenfeld Media 2017

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Data Science for Executives

Why read?

184 pages, Lioncrest Publishing 2018

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Blitzscaling

Why read?

336 pages, Currency 2018

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Escaping the Build Trap

Why read?

In this book, Melissa — CEO of Product Labs and founder of the Product Institute — helps you to identify whether you are caught in the “build trap” and more importantly, gives you practical advice how to escape it. She brings together her year-long experience of building products and deep knowledge of how product-lead organisations work.

200 pages, O’Reilly Media 2018

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Creative Confidence

Why read?

“The Kelley brothers offer simple but effective tools for the “I’m not creative” set — business leaders and professionals seeking the confidence to innovate.”
— JOHN MAEDA

304 pages, Currency 2013

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The Decision Book

Why read?

176 pages, W. W. Norton & Company 2018

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Talk like TED

Why read?

288 pages, St. Martin’s Griffin 2015

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Tribe of Mentors

Why read?

624 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017

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Lateral Thinking

Why read?

272 pages, Penguin Life 2016

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What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School

My opinion

238 pages, Profile Books 2014

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Influence

My opinion

270, Capstone 2017

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The Tyranny of the Butterfly

My opinion

736 pages, Kiepenheuer & Witsch 2018

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Decode and Conquer

Why read?

206 pages, Impact Interview 2013

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Inspired (2nd edition)

Why read?

368 pages, John Wiley & Sons 2018

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Atomic habits

Why read?

320 pages, Avery 2018

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It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work

Why read?

234 pages, Harper Collins Publ. UK 2018

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Make time

Why read?

304 pages, Bantam Press 2018

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A newsletter about making time for what matters, from Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky.


The Growth Handbook

Why read?

79 pages, Intercom 2018

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Solving Product Design Exercises

Why read?

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Prediction Machines

Why read?

“What does AI mean for your business? Read this book to find out.”
— Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google

250 pages, Ingram Publisher Services 2018

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The Book of Why

Why read?

432 pages, Basic Books 2018

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The Culture Code

Why read?

304 pages, Bantam 2018

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Measure what matters

Why read?

320 pages, Portfolio 2018

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Zero to One

Why read?

224 pages, Currency 2014

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Sense and Respond

Why read?

272 pages, Harvard Business Review Press 2017

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Why read?

304 pages, HarperBusiness 2014

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Meaningful

Why read?

176 pages, Perceptive Press 2015

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Product Leadership

Why read?

248 pages, O’Reilly Media 2017

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The Mythical Man-Month

Why read?

336 pages, Addison-Wesley Professional 1995

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Intercom on Product Management

Why read?

88 pages, Intercom 2015

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Hooked

Why read?

256 pages, Portfolio 2014

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Radical Candor

Why read?

272 pages, St. Martin’s Press 2017

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The Laws of Simplicity

Why read?

117 pages, The MIT Press 2006

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User Story Mapping

Who Should Read This Book?

328 pages, O’Reilly Media 2014

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Sprint

Why read?

288 pages, Simon & Schuster 2016

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Product Management Essentials

This book is for

174 pages, Apress 2017

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Cracking the PM Interview

Why read?

364 pages, CareerCup 2013

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The Design of Everyday Things

Why read?

368 pages, Basic Book 2013

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Why read?

512 pages, Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011

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The Lean Startup

Why read?

338 pages, Currency 2011

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The Product Manager Interview

Why read?

300 pages, Impact Interview 2017

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Help the Helper

Why read?

256 pages, Portfolio 2012

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Tribal Leadership

What’s this book about?

320 pages, HarperBusiness 2011

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The Wisdom of Teams

Why read?

352 pages, HarperBusiness 2006

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Debugging Teams

What’s this book about?

190 pages, O’Reilly Media 2015

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Clear Leadership

Who is the author?

228 pages, Nicholas Brealey 2010

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Team of Teams

Why this book might be interesting for you…

304 pages, Portfolio 2015

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Team Turnarounds

Why read?

272 pages, Jossey-Bass 2012

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Peopleware

Why read?

272 pages, Addison-Wesley Professional 2013

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The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork

Learn how…

288 pages, Thomas Nelson 2013

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Agile Retrospectives

Why read?

178 pages, Pragmatic Bookshelf 2006

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The Coaching Habit

Why this book might be interesting for you…

But what if managers could coach their people in 10 minutes or less?

227 pages, Bertrams Print on Demand 2006

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Leadership is an Art

Why read?

176 pages, Crown Business 2004

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Death by Meeting

Why read?

272 pages, Jossey-Bass 2004

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The Manager’s Path

Why read?

244 pages, O’Reilly Media 2017

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Lean In

Why read?

240 pages, Knopf 2013

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How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

Why read?

240 pages, Zondervan 2017

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The Captain Class

Why read?

368 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks 2018

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The Amazon Way

Why read?

172 pages, Clyde Hill Publishing 2016

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Disruptive Leadership

Why read?

190 pages, Productivity Press 2017

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Why read?

229 pages, Jossey-Bass 2002

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Yes to the Mess

When should I read this book?

240 pages, Harvard Business Review Press 2012

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Leadership BS

Why read?

272 pages, HarperBusiness 2015

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Becoming Steve Jobs

Why read?

465 pages, Sceptre 2015

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Work Rules!

Why this book is a must-read

416 pages, Twelve 2015

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The Outsiders

What’s this book about?

272 pages, Harvard Business Review Press 2012

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Start with Why

Why read?

256 pages, Portfolio 2011

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Good Strategy Bad Strategy

Why read?

322 pages, Profile Books 2017

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Leaders Eat Last

Why read?

368 pages, Portfolio 2017

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Redesigning Leadership

What’s this book about?

80 pages, MIT University Press Group Ltd 2011

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Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Why read?

288 pages, Jossey-Bass 2015

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Principles

What makes this book special?

592 pages, Simon & Schuster 2017

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Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader

Why read?

200 pages, Harvard Business Review Press 2015

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Permission to Screw Up

Why read?

272 pages, Portfolio 2017

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Radical Focus

Why read?

166 pages, Cucina Media LLC 2016

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Alibaba

Why read?

304 pages, Ecco 2016

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Behind the Cloud

You get insights about…

304 pages, Wiley-Blackwell 2009

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Onward

Why read?

368 pages, Rodale Books 2012

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Shoe Dog

Why read?

400 pages, Scribner 2016

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Steve Jobs

What you will learn

656 pages, Simon & Schuster 2011

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Elon Musk

Why read?

416 pages, Ecco 2017

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Intercom on Starting Up

Why read?

120 pages, Intercom 2017

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Bill & Dave

Why read?

352 pages, Portfolio Hardcover 2007

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The Intel Trinity

Why read?

560 pages, HarperBusiness 2014

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The Upstarts

Why read?

384 pages, Little, Brown and Company 2017

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Move fast and break things

Why read?

320 pages, Little, Brown and Company 2017

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The Airbnb Story

Why read?

256 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2017

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Wild Ride

Why read?

240 pages, Portfolio 2017

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Masters of Doom

What’s so special?

352 pages, Piatkus Books 2012

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Netflixed

Why read?

304 pages, Portfolio 2013

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Cousins Maine Lobster

What you will learn

288 pages, St. Martin’s Press 2018

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Delivering Happiness

Why read?

272 pages, Grand Central Publishing 2013

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Becoming Facebook

Why read?

256 pages, AMACOM 2017

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#Girlboss

Why read?

256 pages, Portfolio 2015

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Hatching Twitter

Why read?

320 pages, Portfolio 2014

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The Everything Store

What is it about?

386 pages, Little, Brown and Company 2013

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Designing Connected Content

What you will learn

240 pages, New Riders 2017

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Make It So

Love science fiction?

347 pages, Rosenfeld Media 2012

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Microinteractions

Why read?

170 pages, O’Reilly Media 2013

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The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design

Why read?

192 pages, IDEO.org / Design Kit 2015

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Book of Ideas

What’s inside?

254 pages, Brand Nu Limited 2016

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Build Better Products

Why read?

368 pages, Rosenfeld Media 2016

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UX for Lean Startups

What the author says

240 pages, O’Reilly Media 2013

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Usability Matters

Interesting for app developers

325 pages, Manning Publications 2018

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Never Use Futura

Why read?

208 pages, Princeton Architectural Press 2017

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The Shape of Design

Why read?

131 pages, Frank Chimero 2012

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Designing Products People Love

Why read?

324 pages, O’Reilly Media 2016

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The Brand Gap

Why read?

208 pages, New Riders 2005

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Emotional Design

Read this book when…

272 pages, Basic Books 2005

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The Non-Designer’s Design Book

Why read?

240 pages, Peachpit Press 2014

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Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited

What you will learn

216 pages, New Riders 2014

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Speculative Everything

Why read?

240 pages, The MIT Press 2013

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About Face

Why read?

720 pages, Wiley 2014

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This Is Service Design Thinking

Unveil the buzzwords

380 pages, Bis Publishers 2012

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100 Things

Why read?

256 pages, New Riders 2011

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Design Is Storytelling

Why read?

160 pages, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum 2017

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The User Experience Team of One

Why read?

264 pages, Rosenfeld Media 2013

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User Research

Why read?

288 pages, Kogan Page 2018

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Own it

Why read?

256 pages, Crown Business 2017

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Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office

Why read?

384 pages, Business Plus 2014

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What Works

Why read?

400 pages, Belknap Press 2016

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Girl Code

Why read?

176 pages, Portfolio 2017

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Reset

Why read?

288 pages, Soiegel & Grau 2017

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A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug

Why read?

320 pages, HarperBusiness 2017

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Women in Tech

Why read?

272 pages, Sasquatch Books 2017

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Brotopia

Why read?

320 pages, Portfolio 2018

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In the Company of Women

Emma Straub says:

I want to rip out every page of this glorious book and hang them on my wall so that I can be surrounded by these incredible women all day long.

351 pages, Artisan 2016

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We Should All Be Feminists

What does “feminism” mean today?

65 pages, Vintage 2014

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Earning It

Why read?

304 pages, HarperBusiness 2016

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Geek Girl Rising

Learn new face

272 pages, St. Martin’s Press 2017

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