I’m regularly asked for product manager book recommendations. There are lots of excellent books about product management, but these are the ones I'd consider essential to any PM’s bookshelf. (And here’s what I’m currently reading.)
Books for Product Managers
Essential product management reading
Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from JazzBy Frank Barrett
Jazz is messy, and musicians seem to court disaster night after night. What can product leaders learn from how these artists approach their art? Barrett’s entertaining book formed the backbone for my essay on jazz and product management.
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Last updated: June 17, 2016
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How to Hire a Product Manager
The classic essay on the role of product management
Ants and Aliens
Why you need a thirty-year plan (yes, thirty)
Please Make Yourself Uncomfortable
What product managers can learn from jazz musicians
How to Work With Software Engineers
My ten-step plan for working with engineers
10x Not 10%
Product management by orders of magnitude
Leading Cross-functional Teams
Always bring the donuts
What to Do in Your First 30 Days
Tips for how product managers should approach their first month
Meetings That Don’t Suck
Break free from the tyranny of the conference room
Blameless Post Mortems
How do you respond when things go wrong?
Only One Priority
How do you accomplish the most important tasks?
Off the Rails
Balancing product impact and seniority in a PM career
The PM Mind Meld
How do you keep the CEO and PM on the same page?
Machine Learning for Product Managers
How do you get started with machine learning?
Getting the Job Done
Why judgment matters more then outcomes
Advice for Early Career PMs
How do you launch a product management career?
The Future Was Already Here
How fast does technology move?
Being Your True Self
Does authenticity matter in the workplace?
When Product Culture is Rotten
Can you change your company's culture?