The best books on product management

The Books I Picked & Why

Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value

By Melissa Perri

Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value

Why this book?

Melissa is rewriting the book on modern product management. Her advice is hard-earned, practical, and useful. If you’re interested in starting a career in product management, this book offers up specifics on what exactly is product management and how to excel at it in modern, agile cultures.


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Continuous Discovery Habits: Discover Products that Create Customer Value and Business Value

By Teresa Torres

Continuous Discovery Habits: Discover Products that Create Customer Value and Business Value

Why this book?

Product discovery is the way in which great product teams learn whether or not they’re building something of value. Teresa has distilled and sharpened this practice into a set of tools and techniques that she delivers in her signature direct style. Must read for all product managers and UX designers.


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Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

By James M. Lang

Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

Why this book?

Perhaps an unusual pick for product managers but this book breaks down how to teach successfully in a world of constant distractions. Think of it as “lean startup for classes.” Product managers are teachers, evangelists, and most of all communicators. Knowing how to break down ideas into pieces your teams and colleagues can digest is critical to your success.


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Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results

By Barry O’Reilly

Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results

Why this book?

We can only learn new things if we unlearn old things. The only way we get better is through reexamining our old ways of working and discarding those that are irrelevant. In a series of fun, well-written case studies and discussions Barry makes it clear how this approach to thinking, personal and product development redefines success in any field.


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Testing Business Ideas: A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation

By David J. Bland, Alex Osterwalder

Testing Business Ideas: A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation

Why this book?

David and Alex have written the definitive reference book for product experiments. Forty-four ways for you to learn quickly and efficiently whether you’re building something of value. This book is beautifully illustrated and infinitely practical.


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