2018 Reading List: 5 Must-Read Books for Product Managers

What do people like Bill Gates, Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They read books. In fact, they read lots of books and make it an essential part of their day as working out or eating right. Reading is a favorite pastime of the most successful people in the world, and it is a habit worth mimicking if you want to be a product manager who can take your innovation team to the next level. If you are wondering what to read, here is the list of my top 5 books that have had the most significant impact on how I think about product management. I believe that you will enjoy them too.

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From a Product Manager to an Entrepreneur

The role of product manager is one of the most challenging in the modern business environment. PMs must be experts on their products from all angles, design to packaging, at the same time constantly reassessing customer input and satisfaction and a changing marketplace. Experienced PMs seeking an even greater challenge have probably given some thought to transferring exceptional product management skills to that most storied of positions: entrepreneur. At first blush, it’s not the most obvious jump – entrepreneurial genius is still a pretty specialized and rare commodity – until you start to break it down. That’s because there are a number of qualities and skills that product managers typically develop that are directly translatable to becoming a successful entrepreneur.

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5 Productivity Hacks for Product Managers

The product manager is an integral role, especially in technology companies. It is the equivalent of the brand manager in companies that deal with consumer packaged goods. Product managers are often regarded as the chief executives of the product or product line, and they are responsible for products’ features definition, strategy, and roadmap. However, product managers are often bombarded with many product suggestions from different stakeholders, and therefore, their productivity can suffer if they don’t remain focused. Below are some tips that product managers can count in to enhance their productivity.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Product Manager

The Do’s of a Successful Product Manager

  • Be An Organized Front Runner

Organization skills are the cornerstone of effective product management. An agile product manager is expected to be in control for effective delegation of tasks, ensuring collaboration and monitoring processes for a streamlined workflow.

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What is a Technical Product Manager?

In the Information and Technology industry, a Technical Product Manager is solely responsible for defining the market requirements and ensuring that the product release features those demands. The position requires the manager to communicate effectively with the project leads, architects, and primary target audience. To become a Technical Product Manager, one needs to have adequate technical exposure and expertise.

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What, exactly, is a Product Manager?

Product Managers are the commander in charge playing an integral role in the succession and creation of a product. A product manager is expected to strategize and work on the product development plan, ensure quality assurance of the product and derive a long-term strategy to for its success at all frontiers. Moreover, they are also responsible for the execution, launch, and delivery of the product. Continue reading…

The Strategic Role of Product Management

Do you know the four key values of agile development in the technology industry? They state that developers value individuals and interactions over the use of tools and processes, customer collaboration over contract negotiations, working software over comprehensive documentation and response to change over following a plan. How does this method apply to the strategic role of product management within a technology company? Continue reading…