On My Shelf with Manosai Eerabathini — Product Manager at Google (New York, US)
Manosai Eerabathini is a product manager at Google. Previously, he built music tech and enterprise email products at Vevo and Microsoft. He has a passion for new product development on 0 to 1 projects, whether enterprise or consumer-focused. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball and traveling.
On my shelf
The Power of Habit
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
by Charles Duhigg
So much of building products is about trying to break or create new habits in people. Read this book to explore the science of the habit loop and then push your product thinking to consider a new dimension. Even more so if you’re building a consumer product, this is a must-read. Also worth then moving on to Nir Eyal’s more explicit exploration of this same topic in “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products”
416 pages, Random House Trade Paperbacks 2014
The Power of Passion and Perseverance
by Angela Duckworth
Product management is the farthest thing from a straight road. You can have the best plans, the best processes, and the best people…but still, have a terribly messy journey. The reality of building products is complex and full of unforeseen obstacles, you’ll need “grit” to keep pushing forward. Though not explicitly about product management, this book should be a rally cry to any PM. Dig deep, persist, and you will succeed.
368 pages, Scribner 2018
The Design of Everyday Things
Revised and Expanded Edition
by Don Norman
A classic must-read for pretty much anyone in tech (PM, eng, design, etc.). Good design thinking is an important muscle to develop especially for PMs. This book is full of examples of how people interact with objects in their everyday lives, and how design choices dictate whether it’s a positive or frustrating experience. Even though it’s not applied specifically to software, the overall principles are easily translatable to the modern-day tech environment.
368 pages, Basic Book 2013
A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight
Sometimes, the best way to learn lessons of how to improve your own career is by studying those who came before you. This memoir by Nike founder Phil Knight is a powerful tale of the ever windy, messy road to success. Biographies and memoirs of many entrepreneurs are riddled with invaluable insights, this book is just one which is particularly enjoyable and easy to read.
400 pages, Scribner 2016
Cracking the PM Interview
How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology
by Gayle Laakmann McDowell & Jackie Bavaro
This might be an odd one to reserve a spot on your bookshelf, especially if you’re not actively interviewing. However, this book is a fantastic overall characterization of the PM role. It’s impossibly difficult to explain to people what exactly PMs do, but Gayle does a remarkable job covering that and so many other topics. Even if you’re not interviewing, read this book from time to time as a “PM bible” of sorts — grounding you in what good PMs should be doing, why the role exists, and how you can continue learning.
364 pages, CareerCup 2013
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