Reading List


Review a list of blogs, podcasts, books and conferences for keeping yourself current. This list is periodically updated.

 

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BLOGS

A collection of writers who contribute regular and varied thoughts on product management, product design, and product development. Crowd-sourced writings about Digital Product Management, Product Design, UX and Product Development.

By Pendo. ProductCraft serves articles, podcasts, video interviews, and primary research focused on product management, innovation, design, and growth. Maintains a strict editorial mandate focused on publishing non-promotional, editorial-quality content.

Ken Norton writes prolifically about the expertise needed to be a successful product manager. Offers tips on processes and a great insights into best practices for productive communication with team members and users. (Appears not be writing new stuff.)

Especially strong in the area of product leadership. He is author of the books Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age and Agile Product Management with Scrum.

A comprehensive online resource to learn about breaking into product management as well as learn more about the role of a product manager.

The 280 Group is a strategic consulting partner to any business that needs a proven methodology to optimize Product Management and Product Marketing functions in their company. The 280 Group helps individuals, teams and entire organizations optimize and apply Product Management and Product Marketing best practices.

Focusses mainly on how to create a start-up, get the ball rolling and guarantee success in your chosen field. His blogs offers conversations with other leaders in the product management world as well as his own frank take on the issues facing product management in the current market.

Resource of content regarding product strategy. If you need tips on how to run a great workplace or what direction you should take as a product manager then get onto Aha! Blog. We help product managers build what matters such as roadmapping software to present your detailed plans.

Provides information on product management and product Roadmaps. Its mission is to bring a seamless experience to product managers so they can create beautiful product roadmaps quickly. Also does podcast.

Cagan's pieces on product management are researched, reflective looks at all sides of product management, and he is never one to shy away from debates over best practices.

Offers deep, thoughtful dives into product development and strategy.

Innovate - create and improve products & services, cultivate high performing product teams, establish, improve & innovate product delivery. Australia-based. Also run the Leading the Product conferences.

Provides world class product management training courses, workshops and consultancy in London and throughout Europe - best practice, insights, tools and analysis from Europe's leading product management experts.

Serves an in-depth helping of writing on user research, experimentation, and how best to use data to make informed product decisions at a high level. Read it not just for straightforward advice (though there is plenty) but to jump-start the kind of intellectual curiosity that drives your customer research.

Mironov's varied blog predates the modern blog and was originally shipped as a newsletter. His book The Art of Product Management captures these early newsletter contributions.

Promoting Leadership Principles in Product Management. While the focus is primarily toward product management, the principles promoted on this blog apply generally to anyone who needs to persuade others to be better and work more effectively.

Services and resources for effective product management, business analysis, and product ownership of internal products. Get practice product management education so you can deliver powerful internal products.

The Product Guy

Everything product management

Providing product managers with practical tools and training programs.

Provide product managers with help and guidance to make both them and their products a success.

Monthly events for Melbourne, Australia product managers to get together & discuss product management topics & meet others in the industry or related fields.

Also have a community, newsletter and a course.

Everything you need to build amazing products. Product management software company ProdPad writes well-informed blog posts on roadmapping and strategy.

Although blog is internal only, the tools are popular with product managers.

Also have an award ceremony by invitation.

PODCASTS

Alpha’s podcast This is Product Management answers all the most asked questions related to product management. Join their group of over 15,000 weekly listeners to learn from Mike’s conversations with PM experts. Going since 2015, interviews brilliant minds across the numerous disciplines that fuel the modern product manager. Episodes span from arts to science, tactics to strategies, confessions to professions. Take a deep dive into user experience, statistics, innovation, differentiation, design, development, metrics and more with the latest podcast for product managers. Owned by Alpha.

Product Love features conversations with executives and experts from top companies producing popular products. In this podcast, Eric Boduch, founder of Pendo, shares what contributed to the success of leading product companies along with industry trends and insights. Essential for anyone who wants to learn about product management from the best executive product leaders across various disciples. Dive into topics about the evolving craft of product management, trends in the industry and get even more insights into how the modern PM makes you feel 'product love.' Run by Product craft.

Ken writes prolifically about the expertise needed to be a successful product manager. Offers tips on processes and a great insights into best practices for productive communication with team members and users. (Appears not be writing new stuff.)

Provides listeners with engaging topics to help you think differently and about things you encounter daily, but often don't have enough time to reflect and take action. Short-form: 15 minutes

In each episode of 100 Product Managers, Suzanne Abate interviews a different product manager. The podcast addresses a variety of PM topics with product experts from highly successful companies including Netflix, InVision, and Squarespace.

A podcast focused on great products and the people who make them. Loaded with wonderful, insight-rich discussions for product managers. Noteworthy topics include how to build habit-forming products, product validation, promoting your product and productizing your services.

For a manager, designer, engineer, entrepreneur or marketer who wants to learn the latest best practices and break into product. Run by Product School (also blog, podcast, conferences and courses).

Resource for learning and growing as a Product Leader. If you're looking to be as successful as a Product Leader that you can be then you've come to the right place. Through this podcast you'll hear directly from Ross Webb and his guests as they help you better understand Product Leadership, including the required skills and most importantly the right mindset to help you better understand Product Leadership.

Features conversations with the product people of the world, focusing on real insights of how to improve your product practice. Loosely affiliated with Mind The Product and Product Tank.

Discussion of vital issues affecting professionals passionate about product excellence, business process, product management, startups, marketing, innovation and methodology.

Run by the product team at Leapfrog Technology to tackle the big questions in the Product Management world and approach questions and offer testimonials from the lens of their services-oriented firm. From big stand-alone products to small emerging ideas, nothing is left uncovered.

From the HYPERGROWTH Network gives you the inside track on all things product and product management. Sits down with the best of the best across product management, design and engineering to bring you lessons from product greats at Atlassian, Pluralsight, VMWare and more.

Toronto, Canada-based. Candid conversations between two product people about product. Associated with Roadmunk.

Dives into the world of product management, interviewing the people who make products happen - product managers, product owners, people running product teams, stakeholders working with product people and other thought leaders in product management. NOTE: there are several podcasts with similar names but not about product management.

A behind the scenes look at how some of the best companies in the world design their products. In this new, exciting podcast, Jake and Jonathan have teamed up to discuss things like product design, innovation and productivity.

Hear the stories of industry-leading companies whose products, have a soul, a mission, and a vision. Through engaging conversations with CEO’s, entrepreneurs, and innovators explore the notion of what it takes to build better products. Associated with Innovatemap.

BOOKS

A best seller and into its second edition. Marty deliberately takes a thin-slice approach across the field of technology product manager with some chapters as short as 2 pages. Much content is a compilation of materials from his blog and newsletters.

Dan focuses on a particular type of product management – developing new products usually experienced by start-up companies prior they have product-market-fit. It is organized broadly around the product lifecycle like the proposed publication but emphasizes the earlier phases (defining minimum viable products and rapid customer validation).

How to position your experience, apply to, and interview effectively with different companies.

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. 

The Design of Everyday Things shows that good, usable design is possible. The rules are simple: make things visible, exploit natural relationships that couple function and control, and make intelligent use of constraints. The goal: guide the user effortlessly to the right action on the right control at the right time.

Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren’t born with something special – they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product. It breaks down the necessary processes into an integrated, comprehensive, and proven 24-step framework that any industrious person can learn and apply. 

Scrum is a project management tool enabling people with different skill sets to strategize together. This manual is aimed at everyone who works on interactive products in a design and development environment.

You'll learn what makes a great user story, and what makes a bad one. You'll discover practical ways to gather user stories, even when you can't speak with your users. Then, once you've compiled your user stories, Cohn shows how to organize them, prioritize them, and use them for planning, management, and testing.

If you want to use Scrum to develop innovative products and services that delight your customers, Essential Scrum is the complete, single-source reference you’ve been searching for. Leading Scrum coach and trainer Kenny Rubin illuminates the values, principles, and practices of Scrum, and describes flexible, proven approaches that can help you implement it far more effectively. 

CONFERENCES

San Francisco (July) and London (October). Largest PM conference. 

Ireland (April) and Cleveland (September)

San Francisco (May), New York (July), Los Angeles (August). Aspiring and early career PMs. Run by Product School.

Sydney & Melbourne (October)

Singapore (June) and Zurich (November). Well networked and connected to Insead.

Chicago (November). PMs at more traditional companies.

Lisbon (November)

Everywhere - Volunteer-driven conferences.

New York (March), Amsterdam (May), Singapore (June), San Francisco (September), London (December)

Salt Lake City (November)

Tallinn, Estonia (September)

London (November)

Edinburgh (August). Broader business audience with a product management track.

Raleigh (March). Linked to Pendo.

San francisco (Feb), London (Mar), Boston (Apr) - adding new locations. Also run by Pendo.

Specifically targeting women product leaders inspiring and celebrating the role and contributions of women product managers.