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The Product Manager’s reading list

    We have compiled a list of books and articles on Agile, Product, Design Thinking, and Innovation. These books and articles offer perspectives, frameworks, and real stories for the successful application of product management practices to the ideation and development of new products. If you are a Product Owner, a Product Manager, or a Product Leader, these books and articles are for you.

    Books

    Product Management

    Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love”, by Marty Cagan

    The build trap“, by Melissa Perri

    Deliver Great Products that Customers Love”, by Valerio Zanini

    Agile

    Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership”, Geoff Watts

    Scrum for Hardware“, Paolo Sammicheli

    Product planning

    User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product”, by Jeff Patton

    Product Roadmaps Relaunched: How to Set Direction while Embracing Uncertainty”, by Todd Lombardo

    Creativity

    “Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration”, by Scott Witthoft and Scott Doorley

    “inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity”, by Tina Seelig

    “Creative Confidence“, by Tom & David Kelley

    The Designful Company”, by Marty Neumeier

    Innovation

    The Art of Innovation“, by Tom Kelley

    Insight Out“, by Tina Seelig

    Weird Ideas That Work”, by Robert Sutton

    Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days”, by Jake Knapp

    “Gamestorming: A Playbook For Innovators, Rulebreakers, And Changemakers”, by Dave Gray

    Design Thinking

    “Change by Design“, by Tim Brown

    “Design Thinking“, by Nigel Cross

    This is Service Design Thinking”, by Stickdorn/Schneider

    Practical Empathy”, by Indi Young

    Wired to Care”, by Dev Patnaik

    The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage“, by Roger Martin

    Validating ideas and MVPs

    The Real Startup Book“, by Kromatic

    “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”, Eric Ries

    Performance

    Radical Focus”, by Christina Wodke (Product Management book on applying OKRS effectively)


    Articles and videos

    Blogs and articles on Agile, Product, Design Thinking, Innovation for a quick read and staying up to date:

    Product Management

    Product Blog: https://www.producttalk.org/

    Video: Product Ownership in a Nutshell (Youtube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=502ILHjX9EE

    Product Owner VS Product Manager: https://medium.com/@melissaperri/product-manager-vs-product-owner-57ff829aa74d

    Product Bytes (video series): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-TVksENC4R37H2EHyoyNqg/videos

    Product Management practices

    Using the Product Canvas to Define Your Product’s Core Requirements: https://www.ebgconsulting.com/blog/using-the-product-canvas-to-define-your-products-core-requirements/

    Technical Debt: https://www.5dvision.com/post/technical-debt-is-a-silent-enemy-of-every-product-team/

    Product Journey Maps for MVPs: https://www.5dvision.com/post/using-product-journey-maps-to-plan-your-product-mvp/

    Dual track development (Jeff Patton): https://www.jpattonassociates.com/dual-track-development/

    The Humanizing Work Guide to Splitting User Stories: https://www.humanizingwork.com/the-humanizing-work-guide-to-splitting-user-stories/

    Product-led Growth: https://www.productled.org/foundations/what-is-product-led-growth

    Failures and anti-patterns

    Large Product Backlog (anti-pattern): https://resources.scrumalliance.org/Article/scrum-anti-patterns-large-product-backlog

    Why Startups Fail, HBR article by Tom Eisenmann: https://hbr.org/2021/05/why-start-ups-fail

    If Agile fails, blame Product: https://medium.com/@vzanini/if-agile-fails-blame-product-bd875d49350c

    Agile stories

    Embracing Agile (HBR): https://hbr.org/2016/05/embracing-agile

    Is Agile really worth it? (Forbes): https://www.forbes.com/sites/tracybrower/2019/10/06/is-agile-really-worth-it-evidence-says-yes-if-you-do-these-4-things/

    What is Scrum? (5D Vision): https://www.5dvision.com/post/what-is-scrum/


    Frameworks

    Innovation and Agile frameworks from 5D Vision: https://www.5dvision.com/agile-product-frameworks/


    If you are interested in learning more about the Scrum Master role, we have a list of books and articles for Scrum Masters:

    https://www.5dvision.com/post/the-scrum-masters-reading-list/