• The Lean Product Playbook by Dan Olsen

    The Lean Product Process

    The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback by Dan Olsen Create and validate your hypotheses about your target market and their unmet needs and then do the same with your value proposition, feature set, and user experience. Use the build-measure-learn loop to refine your hypotheses. The Lean Product Playbook covers the entire Lean ...
  • PM Interview Questions by Lewis Lin

    Product Manager Interview Questions

    PM Interview Questions: Over 160 Problems and Solutions for Product Management Interview Questions by Lewis Lin The product management interview is hard. Recognizing that hiring managers are asking candidates to “show me, don’t tell me”, Lin’s mission is to prepare product managers for the astonishing array of questions which can come up during a product management interview. It’s no longer enough ...
  • Making Users Awesome

    Creating an expertise path for your users

    Once you’ve identified the broader, compelling context within which your product lives, map the expertise path that users must take within that context. There will be a “suck zone” between novices and experts that you will need motivate and help your users navigate. Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra  The second half of this book deals with understanding the stages of expertise ...
  • Making Users Awesome book

    Making Users Awesome

    Badass: Making Users Awesome by Kathy Sierra Don’t make an awesome product. Make users awesome. Find the larger context your product contributes to and help users become awesome in that context. Expertise and the broader context of your product are key themes in this great book. Kathy Sierra encourages us to switch our view of products. You’re not just making a ...
  • Product Managers Handbook

    Upstream and Downstream Product Management

    The Product Manager’s Handbook by Linda Gorchels Upstream product management focuses on roadmaps, innovation, and the “fuzzy front end”. Downstream product management contributes on-going lifecycle management and product growth. The role of a product manager Gorchels presents two views of product management in the book: upstream and downstream. Although a single individual may play in both domains, the two roles have different areas of ...
  • In the Plex

    OKRs: Working with Purpose

    Objectives and Key Results align product organizations with customer and business goals, empower product managers to say no, and make plans visible to the entire organization. In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy Objectives and Key Results OKRs were brought to Google by John Doerr as a way to align the organzation’s activities, introduce discipline ...
  • The Product Managers Handbook

    Being a product manager

    Product management core competencies include entrepreneurial thinking, strong leadership at all levels, and a holistic view to the product and its market. Product managers play in both the inception and execution segments of the innovation cycle. The Product Manager’s Handbook by Linda Gorchels In The Product Manager’s Handbook Linda Gorchels presents a three-part framework for thinking about product management. The first part of the book ...
  • Platform Ecosystems

    Platform Architecture

    Use partitioning and system integration to build effective platform architecture. Platform architectures should be simple, resilient, maintainable, and evolvable. Platform Ecosystems: Aligning Architecture, Governance, and Strategy by Amrit Tiwana Amrit Tiwana discusses platform attributes as well as design patterns and risks in Platform Ecosystems: Aligning Architecture, Governance, and Strategy. He uses cities as a metaphor for well functioning platform architectures and describes how complexity erodes ...