On My Shelf with Albert Malagarriga — Co-Founder & CPO at Elma (Barcelona)

Alexander Hipp
Sep 4 · 4 min read

About Albert

Entrepreneur and product manager with experience in mobility, insurance, and healthcare. I love engaging early with products, building consensus on a vision for the industry and building and empowering teams to pursue it. Good product managers build consensus around solutions. Swimmer, surfer, and drummer in my free time!

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On my shelf

Who

by Geoff Smart & Randy Street

My opinion

Hiring is something everyone in a team does. I must be a decentralized process, with an owner, kind of like Product Management. This book provides a model for it. Just like any methodology, it must be used with flexibility.

208 pages, Ballantine Books 2008

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The Design of Everyday Things

Revised and Expanded Edition
by Don Norman

My opinion

This is an ideal deep-dive at how the mind of a designer works. It’s great for PMs who don’t have a design background. Written by a famous 90’s Apple designer, its mostly (physical) product design. Yet, all of the concepts apply to interface design.

368 pages, Basic Book 2013

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Give and Take

Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
by Adam Grant

My opinion

Summarizes the work of behavioural psychologist Adam Grant on why having a giver attitude is beneficial to a giver person/company/environment. Givers lay at the bottom of performance indicators across multiple industries. Surprisingly they are also at the top? Why is this so? What differentiates successful gives from failure givers? This book tries to answer. The reason this is relevant to product management is PM’s are in charge of building a culture (internal and product culture).

320 pages, Penguin Books 2014

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The Lean Product Playbook

How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback
by Dan Olsen

My opinion

Mostly a book for non-product people summarizes tactics and techniques used in modern software development. Yet it keeps repeating one simple, powerful yet really hard to learn idea: Problem space and solution space are two sides of the product-market fit coin. As a PM, focus on choosing and explaining problems well and empower teams to build amazing solutions.

336 pages, Wiley 2015

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencioni

My opinion

This book grabs ones’ interest when you work in a dysfunctional team. If you ever face the challenge of making it work well, you will need this one. Wonderfull model on how good dynamics are recovered in a multidisciplinary team. I like to think product management is more about management than it is about a product. This is a book about management.

229 pages, Jossey-Bass 2002

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things

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

My opinion

This is really a management book but has lots of articles about product management. It’s honest, direct, and an incredibly fast read organized in short ‘pills’ of wisdome. I strongly suggest following the a16z podcast if you like this one.

304 pages, HarperBusiness 2014

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