On My Shelf with Randy Silver — Product Consultant and Podcast Host (London)

Alexander Hipp
Dec 16, 2019 · 4 min read


Randy is a Product Consultant, focusing on Discovery, Interim Leadership roles, Coaching & Mentoring. He also works with Mind the Product as a trainer and co-host of The Product Experience podcast.

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On my shelf

The Eleven Laws of Showrunning

by Javier Grillo-Marxuach

My opinion

Proof that product isn’t unique: this essay by a veteran TV showrunner (Lost, The Middleman, etc) is my bible on how to work with people, communicate across departments, iterate and more. The only difference between what Javi does and our jobs: once an episode airs, he doesn’t have to support it as legacy tech.

Bonus feature: as a TV writer, his essay is far more entertaining than most business books — and as a 25 page free PDF, it’s a no-brainer.

Pair with Donna Lichaw’s The User’s Journey: Storymapping Products That People Love

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Troubleshooting Agile (Podcast)

by Jeffrey Fredrick and Douglas Squirrel

My opinion

I met Jeffrey at an unconference earlier this year and decided that I wanted to spend more time learning from him. Picture Patrick Swayze’s *Point Break* character — a wise Buddha who has seen it all… except that this one teaches you how to improve your agile practices. His weekly pod with Squirrel is full of practical gems that I actually use (such as back-briefing). They have a book coming out in 2020 that is an instant pre-order, called Agile Conversations.

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What is Wrong with UX (Podcast)

by Laura Klein & Kate Rutter

My opinion

Because sometimes you need to rage, rage against the dying of the light. Kate & Laura describe themselves as “two old ladies who drink and fight about user experience design”, but that does them a disservice. They’re smart, funny, & perceptive and they know Product & UX inside and out.

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52 Questions (Card Deck)

by Petra Wille

My opinion

At this point, you may be wondering if I’m going to recommend any actual books. Sorry, not just yet: this is a deck of 52 cards, each with a different question on it. The idea is that whenever you’re stuck — or even better, every morning, during your personal thinking time (see John Cutler’s episode of The Product Experience) — you pick a card and see if you can answer it for your product. If not, you know your next task.

It’s simple and straightforward — and useful every day.

See Petra’s book recommendations on The PM Library

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Outcomes Over Output

Why customer behavior is the key metric for business success
by Joshua Seiden

My opinion

OK, an actual book — but you should listen to Josh’s episode of our podcast as well. It’s our most popular episode at the moment, and it earns the spot — Josh digs in on something so simple that we all routinely screw it up.

76 pages, Sense & Respond Press 2019

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Critical Thinking for Product Teams (Talk)

by Teresa Torres

My opinion

There’s a lot more I’d like to fit into this slot, but this video — in which Teresa introduces and explains the Opportunity Solution Tree — comes in handy on a regular basis. I’ve used this technique more than anything else to organise my thinking and explain why and how we prioritise. Bonus points: pair it with C. Todd Lombardo’s Roadmaps are Dead, Long Live Roadmaps! talk.

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