This is a curated list based on recommendations of experienced friends / professional references on how I should start building knowledge to become a great product manager.
My goal here is to immerse myself on the concepts of product management and soak up as much knowledge possible to implement this on my day-to-day routine.
Remember (how to learn something):
- focus on what's interesting,
- ignore (skip) what's boring
- you don't have the obligation to read the whole book. read only what's appealing to you. if it's trash, throw it away.
- take smart notes and write a guide summarizing your findings to make this knowledge more accessible to rookies in the future
Who to follow on Twitter:
Absolutely mandatory (I don't believe you are not reading every single word this person has written):
Nice to follow:
- Good PM, Bad PM *** read this 10 times
- My favorite product management templates *** this was specially useful for me
- Plans are useless. But planning is indispensable. ** this is too verbose, but you should invest some time in internalizing it.
- The Growing Specialization of Product Management ** this is important to optimize your career
- How to get into product management (and thrive!)
- Project Manager vs Product Manager
- A Product Manager's Job
- 11 Frameworks every PM should know
How to read:
- First skim the books to see if they are useful or not.
- While skimming, take note of the important parts (but don't fully read them. just note down what you think is important)
- Come back and read the important parts carefully and summarize them
- Don't read the parts you don't find interesting, and don't feel guilty about that. This is not a school assignment, no one is going to judge you for that. Take what you want, and leave.
- If the book is not useful or interesting, drop it and forget it. Do not waste your time and energy by forcing yourself to read something you don't want to.
- I've found the Inspired Product Management and Cracking the PM Interview Books to be uninteresting, so I just ignored them.
- There are probably things that I lost by doing that, but I invested this time in learning things I actually find interesting and inspiring, so I think it was a net positive.
(you can obviously tell my favorites)
- Shape Up ❤️
- Product Led Organization
- Never Split the Difference ❤️
- The hard thing about the hard things ❤️
- Don't Make me Think
- Team Topologies
- A Pattern Language
- The Nature of Order ❤️
- High Output Management
- The Effective Executive ❤️
- When Kale and Coffee Compete ❤️
- Product Led Growth ❤️
- Smartcuts ❤️
- Crossing the Chasm
- The Score Takes Care of Itself
- Lean startup
- Product Led Onboarding