Do you have an eye for building products? Whether you're a new product manager or a seasoned veteran in the product industry, you can always learn more about product management. We've gathered some product managers/directors and their list of classic product management books and favorite resources so you can stay on top of your game.
Rushabh Doshi oversees product decisions for News Feed, Stories, Notifications, Camera and Composer, including teams working on relevance and integrity.
I tend to read books in two primary ways: on my kindle or as an audiobook while driving. I almost always listen to audiobooks on commutes, preferring a good book to listening to music or podcasts, though cycle through both those choices quite often. For reading, I tend to read a bunch late at night, or sometimes during the day when I can get an hour or two to myself. I go back and reread books quite often, especially ones that I truly enjoyed or felt that there was a lesson there that I missed that might be worth revisiting.
Rushabh’s Notes on his Books:
It is hard to pin down a book or a set of books that have been the most useful. I read a variety of books, ranging from history, biographies, business and strategy, management - all the way to tons of science fiction and fantasy. All these books help in different ways - helping me think about things past, present and future. If I had to pick one book in each category, I’d probably pick the following:
One of my favorites that goes through the entire history of nuclear physics, intermixed with real humanity of all the people that fought in the wars, different thoughts on world orders, as well as how hard they struggled to build the first nuclear bomb. The writing makes you feel like you were there and one cannot but be awed and amazed at the geniuses who got us the ability to split the atom. (Rushabh's Notes)
One of the most articulate books about good and bad strategy, what strategy is and isn’t. We often cast things as 'strategy' that simply aren't; this book brings out those differences and goes into numerous examples of how to frame strategic choice. (Rushabh's Notes)
Andy Grove's bible on how to be an effective manager. This is referenced in "The Hard Thing About Hard Things" which is another one of my favorites, where Ben Horowitz combines some of Andy's wisdom with his war stories from his startup. (Rushabh's Notes)
One of the best books exploring culture clashes when an advanced civilization meets one that isn't, as well as conflicts in between. (Rushabh's Notes)
Storytelling with Data teaches you the fundamentals of data visualization and how to communicate effectively with data. You'll discover the power of storytelling and the way to make data a pivotal point in your story. The lessons in this illuminative text are grounded in theory, but made accessible through numerous real-world examples—ready for immediate application to your next graph or presentation.
The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.
This comprehensive reference provides a thorough and critical presentation of 100 research methods, synthesis/analysis techniques, and research deliverables for human centered design, delivered in a concise and accessible format perfect for designers, educators, and students.
Alex Jin is a product manager at Dropbox in San Francisco. He works with the growth team who frequently run experiments and drive cross-team initiatives. He helps his team make product decisions that directly impact revenue and address business problems. This differs from traditional product management which focuses primarily on the core product and is use/feature-driven.
I listen to audiobooks/podcasts during my commute, workout or while running an errand. For physical books, I’ll do some reading before bed.
Authored by Product Managers at Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, Swipe to Unlock is a guide which enables anyone to understand the core concepts of tech and the business strategy behind it. It is a must-read for anyone interested in product management, marketing, business strategy, or sales roles in the tech industry.
Important to understand what good management looks like and understand your managers so you can help them achieve their goals. (Alex's Notes)
Great narrative that teaches you about IT Operations and the people behind them. (Alex's Notes) **He also mentions that this is a great book to listen in audioform.
The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.
Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley's most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.
Seeking a product management position? Get Decode and Conquer , the world's first book on preparing you for the product management (PM) interview. Author and professional interview coach, Lewis C. Lin provides you with an industry insider's perspective on how to conquer the most difficult PM interview questions.
How many pizzas are delivered in Manhattan? How do you design an alarm clock for the blind? What is your favorite piece of software and why? How would you launch a video rental service in India? This book will teach you how to answer these questions and more.
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Startup acquisitions and IPOs have always been reported with great fanfare, but few sources examined the deeper reasons behind their success — until Acquired.
The day's tech news, every day at 5pm. From Techmeme.com, Silicon Valley's most-read news source. 15 minutes and you're up to date.
Flux is the personal vlog of Ran Segall, a designer and entrepreneur. On the show I'm sharing my journey, struggles and lessons I learn as I build my career as a designer and a business owner.
Welcome to the Futur! The Futur of what? The Futur of education, design, business, learning... The Futur You! This is the future of online education for creative entrepreneurs.
Tucker Schreiber spent 3.4 years at Shopify in roles in customer service, then marketing, before making the transition to product management. From there, he left to pursue a PM position at Wealthsimple, the company that pretty much epitomizes “set it and forget it” type of investing.
I read before bed almost every day. I’ll also use Pocket to save articles I come across during the day and sometimes read shorter ones over lunch.
Hooked is based on Eyal’s years of research, consulting, and practical experience. He wrote the book he wished had been available to him as a start-up founder—not abstract theory, but a how-to guide for building better products. Hooked is written for product managers, designers, marketers, start-up founders, and anyone who seeks to understand how products influence our behavior.
In his latest bestseller, Atul Gawande shows what the simple idea of the checklist reveals about the complexity of our lives and how we can deal with it.
You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.