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Book Recommendations

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Transformed: Moving to the Product Operating Model

by Marty Cagan

Another Product Manager "must read" by Marty Cagan. This book tackles the principles necessary to move your company to the Product Operating Model - "about consistently creating technology-powered solutions that your customers love, yet work for your business." This is an incredibly insightful book showing the way to Product Management done right.

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Good Strategy / Bad Strategy: The difference and why it matters

by Richard Rumelt

For most important subjects, there is one or maybe two books that rise to the top and become the "standard". For strategy, this is that book. Originally published in 2011 and reprinted several times since, this book is a must read for anyone in Product Management because to effectively articulate and define a good product strategy requires a very good understanding of what a good strategy looks like and what a bad strategy looks like. Highly recommended.

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Loved: How to Rethink Marketing for Tech Products

by Martina Lauchengco

The only other role as misunderstood in today’s modern business as Product Manager, is Product Marketing Manager. This book succeeds in clearing all of that up. Similar to the other two books from Silicon Valley Product Group (both reviewed here), this book is clear, very well structured (which makes it a great reference book also), and will help anyone struggling to understand - or struggling to get others in their org to understand - the value and role of Product Marketing.

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Adrift: America in 100 Charts

by Scott Galloway

Disclaimer: I'm a HUGE Scott Galloway fan and really appreciate his wisdom, his ideas, and his overall media style. Having said that, this book is a great "picture book" (it's mostly charts) that highlights some of the most important and concerning trends in the US today.

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Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love (second edition)

by Marty Cagan

THE book that every product manager should read early in their career...and re-read every few years or so. The second edition is significantly changed from the first edition, so if you've only read the first edition, go and read the second edition now.

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

by Teresa Torres

A great book about how to operationalize truly continuous discovery (e.g, weekly customer interviews).

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Strong Product People: A Complete Guide to Developing Great Product Managers

by Petra Wille

Everything you need to know about recruiting, developing, and leading successful Product Managers.

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Empowered: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products

by Marty Cagan

Another must-read about why empowered product teams (product manager, UX, and engineer) consistently outperform feature-based product management teams.

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Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age

by Roman Pichler

A structured (if at times, academic) book about developing and validating a product strategy and creating and managing product roadmaps.

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Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas In Just Five Days

by Jake Knapp

The Google Ventures method of rapid prototyping. This book is a step-by-step approach to delivering concrete results in just one week. Idealized a bit, but an inspiring read nonetheless.

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Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell

by Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle

Written by several senior Google execs, this is all about the business and management lessons of maybe the most prolific executive coach Silicon Valley has ever had. It definitely has some good ideas and insights, but at times can be a bit tone deaf (unless you are a multi-millionaire living in Silicon which case, it'll be right on key for you).

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