On My Shelf with Benedikt Kantus — Head of Product at Starface (Karlsruhe, Germany)

Alexander Hipp
Nov 5 · 3 min read

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Currently Head of Product at STARFACE GmbH, I build the future of business communications. I spent my entire career building B2B products and always strive to improve. I believe that reading is essential for learning!

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On my shelf

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

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

My opinion

Ben has a very clear message about running a tech company. He does not engage in the usual optimism but talks very openly about the difficulties.

304 pages, HarperBusiness 2014

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Managing Humans

Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager
by Michael Lopp

My opinion

A huge part of Product Management is people management, even if you are not the CEO of anything. Get your office relationships right with this book.

348 pages, Apress 2016

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Product Roadmaps Relaunched

How to Set Direction while Embracing Uncertainty
by C. Todd Lombardo, Bruce McCarthy, Evan Ryan & Michael Connors

My opinion

A modern approach to “roadmapping”. Better than setting feature release dates that turn out to be wrong because Agile recognises shifting priorities.

272 pages, O’Reilly Media 2017

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HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams

by Jon R. Katzenbach, Kathleen M. Eisenhardt & Lynda Gratton

My opinion

This recommendation is a collection of essays. Some of the best essays about teams. Highly recommended when dealing with people.

208 pages, Harvard Business Review Press 2013

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It’s Your Ship

Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy
by D. Michael Abrashoff

My opinion

When speaking about empowered teams, this book is an excellent advisor. Help people understand priorities and then let them find out the best solutions.

208 pages, Harvard Business Review Press 2013

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