Which are the absolute best books for product managers?
There are several books that will help you understand the product management space and career better along with an increase in your knowledge of the subject.
These are the 8 books that an aspiring product manager should learn by heart :
- The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone
- Beautiful Evidence by Edward Tufte
- The Hard things about Hard Things: Building a Business where there are no Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
- Managing Humans: Biting and Humourous tales of a Software Engineering Manager by Micheal Loop
- Cracking the PM Interview: How to land a product manager job in technology by Gayle Laakmann Mcdowell and Jackie Bravo.
- Inspired: How to create products customers love by Marty Cagan
- High Output Management by Andrew. S. Grove
- Naked Statistics: Stripping the dread from data by Charles Wheelan
If these 8 are not sufficient, Product Roadmap Software by ProductPlan has advised the 10 best books for product managers.
- Free by Chris Anderson
- Do the Work! by Steven Pressfield
- Crossing the Chasm
- Presentation Zen
- Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results, by Thomas Davenport and Jeanne Harris.
- Complete and Utter Failure
- The Art of Product Management.
- Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan
- Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen .
To be completely fair, books are amazing and all that but at the same time they also do not provide the managers with the practical skills that are required. Books are mainly theory and understanding concepts.
There are other best books for product managers as well.
To be a successful product manager, one should strive to create the right balance between theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge. You can learn this practical knowledge through online courses.
We have community driven courses on product management where participants along with the instructors create great product roadmaps to learn the art of product management.