A Library of the Best Product Management Books for Product Managers

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If you are a new or aspiring product manager, consider starting with these three books before diving into the vast sea of knowledge:

“Inspired” by Marty Cagan: This book is widely regarded as the definitive guide to product management and has become a must-read for anyone involved in the industry. Cagan’s book offers practical advice on how to create successful products that customers will enjoy. He also provides insightful information about the role of product managers and how they can effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive innovation.

“The Product Book” from Product School: From ideation and market research to design and development, this comprehensive guide covers all aspects of product management. The book includes real-world examples and case studies, making it an excellent resource for those just beginning their career in product management.

“Lean Product Playbook” by Dan Olsen: This book is intended to assist product managers in developing products that solve real-world customer problems. Olsen introduces the Lean Product Process, which emphasizes continuous iteration and feedback to ensure that products meet the needs of customers. The book is highly actionable, with exercises and templates to assist readers in putting the ideas into practice.

Getting started

Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love (Silicon Valley Product Group) 

The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback 

The Product Book: How to Become a Great Product Manager 

Decode and Conquer: Answers to Product Management Interviews 

Decode and Conquer, 4th Edition 

Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology (Cracking the Interview & Career) 


Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (3rd Edition) (Voices That Matter) 

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products 

The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition 

Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams 

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (Voices That Matter) 

Product Discovery, User Research

The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you 

Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems 

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman 7th (seventh) Impression edition by Kahneman, Daniel(Author) published by Doubleday Canada (2011) 

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life 

Just Enough Research 

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

Intercom on Jobs to be Done 

Product Delivery and Development

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

User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product 

The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development 

Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works (Lean (O’Reilly)) 


Hacking Growth: How Today’s Fastest-Growing Companies Drive Breakout Success 

Product-Led Growth: How to Build a Product That Sells Itself 

Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth 

The Growth Handbook, brought to you by Intercom 

Data and Measuring

How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business 

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster (Lean (O’Reilly)) 

Measuring the User Experience: Collecting, Analyzing, and Presenting Usability Metrics (Interactive Technologies) 

The Analytics Setup Guidebook 

Mini Books

Intercom on Onboarding 

5 Habits to Building Better Products Faster 

Intercom on Product Management 

Leadership / Managing Product Teams

Empowered: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products (Silicon Valley Product Group) 

Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value 

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. 

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You 

Radical Candor (Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity (Revised, Updated)) 

High Output Management 

Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager 

Management – First Round 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change 

How to Win Friends & Influence People 

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less 

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action 

Entrepreneurship, Startups, Pre Product Market Fit

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses 

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future 

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers 


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

7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy 

Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant 

Obviously Awesome: How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It 

Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers (Collins Business Essentials) 

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy 

Setting Goals and KPIs

Outcomes Over Output: Why customer behavior is the key metric for business success 

The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals 

Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth 

Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results (Empowered Teams) 


The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change) 

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition 

Product Management in Practice: A Real-World Guide to the Key Connective Role of the 21st Century

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