10 Books That Will Help You Survive Stakeholder Demands and Product Management Challenges


The role of a Technical Product Manager is quite complex and we are often saddled with a broad variety of responsibilities. Unfortunately, there is not a one size fits all methodology when attempting to manage the demands of the product management lifecycle. In order to be successful in this role you need solid professional experience and to stay abreast of the latest techniques to help propel ideas into market-fit solutions. Each book listed will provide you with tips and processes to help restore some balance between concept and retire.

Strategy & Planning

1. Crossing the Chasm, Dealing with Darwin, Escape Velocity

Geoffrey Moore

2. Lean Start Up - Eric Ries

Design & User Experience

3. The Design of Everyday Things - Don Norman

4. Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve The User Experience - Jeff Gothhelf & Josh Seiden

Product Management

5. Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just 5 Days - Jake Knapp

6. The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Product - Dan Olsen

7. Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer) - Alexander Osterwalder

8. Business Model Generation - Alexander Osterwalder

Influence & Negotiate

9. Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell, and Innovate with Your Visual Mind

10. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In - Roger Fisher

"To design something really well, you have to get it. You have to really grok what it's all about." - Steve Jobs