Shreyas Doshi+ Your Authors @shreyas early product mgr & first lead PM @stripe. angel investor. formerly @twitter @google @yahoo. my tweets are useful for some, useless for many, not for everyone❤️ Jul. 04, 2020 2 min read + Your Authors

There are many books for Product Managers📚

And many book lists too.

Here’s my list. What I hope makes it different:
• Books with very high signal-to-noise ratio
• Books that'll 𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺 enhance PM skills
• Books that are unlikely to be in typical 📚lists for PMs

👇🏾

July 2020 Product Management book recommendations:

1. Super Thinking

2. The War of Art

3. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

4. Alchemy

5. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics

6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Why?
1. Mental models for better decisions
2. PM is a creative job, need to break creative blocks
3. For improving design intuition
4. Role of psychology in building & mktg products
5. Refresher of stats concepts PMs need
6. IMO the most important book for PMs (read 2 or 3 times)

Will update this thread 1-2 times every month with more book recommendations.

More July 2020 book recommendations for product people:

1. Understanding Michael Porter

2. Practical Empathy

3. The Charisma Myth

4. 7 Powers

5. Getting Things Done

6. The Art of Thinking Clearly

Why?
1. The definitive, accessible guide to strategy
2. Empathy is essential for strong Product Sense
3. For effective & authentic communication
4. To understand & leverage 7 strategic powers
5. Useful for improving self-execution
6. To understand our own biases & think clearly

As a reminder, these recos are for Product Managers AND other folks who spend most of their time thinking about what products to build, how to build them & how to get adoption.

Here's what (I hope) makes these recos different:

Regarding "𝘥𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘭𝘺 enhancing PM skills", here's a reference product management skills map.

The book recos I'll post in this thread should help directly enhance the skills listed in the leaf nodes here, one-by-one.

If you're curious where the👆🏾skills map came from, you can check out this short thread on Product Management skills, from entry level PM to CPO.

That's all for today.

Next set of 📚 recos will be posted in August 🗓️

Happy reading!

Aug 2020 book recommendations for product people:

1. Are Your Lights On?

2. Peopleware

3. The Systems Bible

4. Games People Play

This month’s books are a nod to the Lindy Effect: these books are fairly old & we might reasonably expect them to stay relevant for a while longer

A couple of reference links.

The Lindy effect:
 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindy_effect 

How to choose your next book by @farnamstreet:
 https://fs.blog/2013/08/choose-your-next-book/ 

Why?

1. Excellent principles for problem solving. Covers creative execution, a key part of High Agency

2. Insightful look at the human aspects of software dev. Part I is gold

3. Grok systems, errors & problem solving

4. Analyze interpersonal transactions, incl those at work


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