On My Shelf with Ekaterina Garbaruk Monnot — Senior Product Manager at Spotify (Sweden)

Fadeelah Al-horaibi
Sep 7 · 4 min read
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About me

I’m Ekaterina, Senior Product Manager at Spotify. I work with platforms behind Spotify partner integrations. For example, when you listen to Spotify on a speaker or a TV, your device would use our platforms as the backend to be able to play the right thing and also to make correct reporting back to Spotify. Before Spotify I worked as PM in FinTech, and before that in telecom.

On my shelf

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The first 90 days

by Michael D. Watkins

My opinion

I love this book because it brings structure to the process of onboarding to a new position. When I first read it, it helped me to not get overwhelmed with the amount of information that one needs to digest in the first weeks at a new job.

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The lean startup

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

My opinion

This is one of the classic books that have been reviewed many times and has many follow-up discussions, articles and books. It is still in my top list since it helps me to keep critical thinking about my product and all the time challenge myself on how to release and test the product with customers as early as possible.

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Good Strategy, Bad Strategy

The Difference and Why It Matters
by Richard Rumelt

My opinion

This is one of the classic books about strategy. I like the format that the author suggests as well as the examples that he provides.

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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencionion

My opinion

Our success as product managers is heavily relying on the collaboration and teamwork. This book describes the challenges that a team faces before the members can work productively together.

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How to Measure Anything

Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business
by Patrick Lencionion

My opinion

I often see two different extremes of how people feel about data: they are either very good at it and they can dig into lots of details or they are not too confident and then it takes lots of effort to make an estimation of a cost or impact. As a Product managers we don’t need to be experts in data, but we need to have a good idea how something can be measured or estimated — and this is what I find interesting about this book.

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Fadeelah Al-horaibi

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Product Manager

PM Library

With the PM Library, we help you explore new books and topics around tech, business and design because we believe reading is essential to building better products and growing in our careers. We are a team of dedicated product people based in Barcelona, London and Munich.

Fadeelah Al-horaibi

Written by

Product Manager

PM Library

With the PM Library, we help you explore new books and topics around tech, business and design because we believe reading is essential to building better products and growing in our careers. We are a team of dedicated product people based in Barcelona, London and Munich.

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