The best books on product management from an experienced product manager

Who am I?

Jeff has been a UX designer, team leader and product manager for over 20 years. His work in the field helped define some of the key practices product managers use today. Building a customer-centric practice is key to successful products and services and Jeff has demonstrated that not only in the products and companies he’s helped build but in the writing and thinking he’s contributed to the product managaement community.


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Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You

By Jeff Gothelf,

Book cover of Forever Employable: How to Stop Looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You

What is my book about?

After spending the first 10 years of his career climbing the corporate ladder, Jeff Gothelf decided to change his approach to staying employed. Instead of looking for jobs, they would find him. Jeff spent the next 15 years building his personal brand to become a recognized expert, consultant, author, and public speaker.

In this highly tactical, practical book, Jeff Gothelf shares the tips, tricks, techniques, and learnings that helped him become Forever Employable. Using the timeline from his own career and anecdotes, stories and case studies from other successful recognized experts Jeff provides a step-by-step guide to building a foundation based on your current expertise ensuring that no matter what happens in your industry you'll remain Forever Employable. 

The books I picked & why

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

By Melissa Perri,

Book cover of 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.


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

By Teresa Torres,

Book cover of 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.


Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning

By James M. Lang,

Book cover of 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.


Unlearn: Let Go of Past Success to Achieve Extraordinary Results

By Barry O’Reilly,

Book cover of 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.


Testing Business Ideas: A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation

By David J. Bland, Alex Osterwalder,

Book cover of 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.


5 book lists we think you will like!

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And, 3 books we think you will enjoy!

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