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Strongly Recommended Reading list

These are highly recommended books to read. Use this as inspiration for your Personal Development Plan to improve your hard skills. 



Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love 

by Marty Cagan


During his career, Marty has personally performed and managed most of the roles of a modern technology product organization, including product management, software development, product marketing...

The link to the amazon page.


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

by Dan Olsen


Dan Olsen
is a product management and Lean Startup consultant, speaker, and author.

The link to the amazon page.


Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (Web Design Courses)

by Steve Krug

Steve Krug is a usability consultant who has more than 30 years of experience as a user advocate for companies like Apple, Netscape, AOL, Lexus, and others.

The link to the amazon page.

Summary here (Mandatory for UX, optional for PM)


Optional Reading

PM




Hooked! How to built habit forming products

by Nir Eyal


Nir Eyal is the author of "Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products." Nir has distilled years of research, consulting and practical experience to write a manual for creating products people love.

The link to the amazon page.

See a summary here


Intercom on Product management 

by Des Traynor


Des Traynor
is the co-founder of Intercom. Before that: UX designer, Usability Analyst, Lecturer, Failed PhD researcher,
Software Engineer, Computer Science Graduate.

(download)



Building Insanely Great Products: Some Products Fail, Many Succeed… 

by David Fradin


David Fradin
 was a classically trained product manager at Hewlett-Packard during the 50 years that HP grew 20% a year.
 

The link to the amazon page.


Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams

by Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson and Nate Walkingshaw

Richard Banfield is the CEO and co-founder of Fresh Tilled Soil. After completing a degree in Biology, Richard was attracted to the world of web tech and worked his way up the digital food chain.

The link to the amazon page.

https://productleadershipbook.com/



The Product Book by Product School

by Carlos González de Villaumbrosia and Josh Anon


Carlos is the Founder of Product School, an education company that offers product management courses in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and New York.

The link to the amazon page.

(signup download)


Marketplaces Handbook: A Guide to Marketplaces

by Boris Wertz and Angela Tran Kingyens

Boris Wertz, entrepreneur AbeBooks (sold to AMZN), turned investor Version One Ventures. Crypto enthusiast. Husband & father of 4. German-Canadian. Love soccer, traveling, running.

(For Marketplace PM's:) Marketplaces Handbook

http://versionone.vc/marketplace-handbook/  (and this and this ) 


Measure What Matters

by John Doerr

It talks about implementing Objectives and Key Results (OKR) to reach explosive growth. Doerr helped set the system up at Google, and Larry Page (does the foreword) credits the system for Google’s (and Alphabet’s) success.

John Doerr is an engineer, acclaimed venture capitalist, and the chairman of Kleiner Perkins. 

The link to the amazon page.


The Product Manager Interview: 164 Actual Questions and Answers

by Lewis C. Lin 

Lewis C. Lin is CEO of Impact Interview, an interview coaching firm. Lewis was named by CNN as one of the "top 10 job tweeters you should be following."

The link to the amazon page.


Swipe to Unlock: The Insider's Guide to Tech and Business Strategy

by Neel Mehta, Aditya Agashe and Parth Detroja


Neel
is a Product Manager at Google and studied Computer Science at Harvard University. He worked previously at Microsoft and Khan Academy.

The link to the amazon page.


UX for Beginners: A Crash Course in 100 Short Lessons

by Joel Marsh


Joel Marsh has been a professional designer for more than a decade. His work for disruptive startups and famous global brands like Absolut Vodka, Samsung, and McDonald's, has affected more than half-a-billion people.

The link to the amazon page.


71 Brilliant Salary Negotiation Email Samples

by Lewis C. Lin



Lewis C. Lin
 is CEO of Impact Interview, an interview coaching firm. Lewis was named by CNN as one of the "top 10 job tweeters you should be following."

The link to the amazon page.

UX




Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman


Daniel Kahneman (born March 5, 1934) is an Israeli-American psychologist notable for his work on the psychology of judgment and decision-making.


The link to the amazon page.


Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience

by Jeff Gothelf with Josh Seiden

Jeff is an author, speaker and organizational designer. Josh Seiden is a designer, author, coach, and product leader with deep experience creating digital products and services.

The link to the amazon page.


The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less

by Barry Schwartz


Barry Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action in the psychology department at Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania.


The link to the amazon page.


Designing Visual Interfaces: Communication Oriented Techniques

by Kevin Mullet and Darrell Sano



The link to the amazon page.


Sprint

by Jake Knapp

Jake spent 10 years at Google and Google Ventures, where he created the Design Sprint process. He has since run it over 150 times with companies like Nest, Slack.

The link to the amazon page.


Rework 

by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson


Jason Fried is the co-founder and President of 37signals, David is a partner at 37signals, a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary.

The link to the amazon page.


Creative Confidence

by Tom Kelley and David Kelley


Tom Kelley is general manager of IDEO, the world's leading design consultancy specializing in product development and innovation.


The link to the amazon page.


Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

by Tim Ferriss

Timothy Ferriss is a serial entrepreneur, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and angel investor/advisor (Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Uber, and 20+ more).

The link to the amazon page.


The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven Pressfield


Steven was born in 1943. Since graduating from Duke University in 1965, he has been a U.S. Marine, an advertising copywriter, schoolteacher, tractor-trailer driver.

The link to the amazon page.


Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services 1st Edition

by Kim Goodwin


The link to the amazon page.



The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition

by Don Norman

Don Norman is co-founder and Principal Emeritus of Nielsen Norman Group. Norman's formal education is in Electrical Engineering and Psychology.

The link to the amazon page.

https://www.nngroup.com/books/


Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition

by Steve Krug

Steve Krug is a usability consultant who has more than 30 years of experience as a user advocate for companies like Apple, Netscape, AOL, Lexus, and others.

The link to the amazon page.


Rocket Surgery Made Easy: The Do-it-yourself Guide to Finding and Fixing Usability Problems

by Steve Krug

Steve Krug is a usability consultant who has more than 30 years of experience as a user advocate for companies like Apple, Netscape, AOL, Lexus, and others.

The link to the amazon page.

Inspirations for Design: A Course on Human-Centered Research

https://open.hpi.de/courses/insights-2017