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7 Best Books To Read To Master Product Management

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There are hundreds, if not thousands of product management books out there. A lot of them overlap on key points, so you don’t have to read them all. If you want to get a solid understanding of product management, then these are the 7 books you should read.

#1 The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

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This book is a great introduction on how to measure the success of a product and introduce gradual improvements based on statistics.

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Contributors: Alfonso Rocha from Bitcoin

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#2 50 Quick ideas To Improve Your User Stories by Gojko Adzic

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Different products require different approaches, and this is a great source of tips on how to excel at your user story writing, make them work well for developers, and also see gaps in your storytelling practices. A very handy book, a must-read for even seasoned product managers.

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Contributors: Eugenia Ivanova from Bitcoin

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#3 Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug

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Learning how to understand and run your own quick usability tests is one of the easiest ways to quickly improve your products. An amazing and very accessible book on this is Rocket Surgery Made Easy by Steve Krug. Quick read and super high impact.

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Contributors: Eric Hennings from Vocate 

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#4 Start with NO by Jim Camp

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This is rather a trivial choice, but actually helps me a lot in my daily work. Beautifully designed products are often those where you made some hard choices to cut features and functionalities, which are still good, but do not really have ultimate value to the customers and to leave the ones that are core to your product and concept behind it. In practice, it is hard to achieve, but definitely worth trying when working with clients! A good read for beginners.

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Contributors: Eugenia Ivanova from Bitcoin

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#5 Competing Against Luck by Clayton Christensen

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At my company JotForm, Clayton Christensen's Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice was literally required reading for our marketing, product, and user research teams this past year. And then we took the principles we learned in the book and applied it to how our users use our service. The book frames every product as fulfilling a job to be done by the customer. The customer doesn't use a product, it hires your company and product to do a single job. And learning what exactly that job is is key to truly innovating. Christensen's Innovator's Dilemma is his more famous work, but 'Competing Against Luck' is what was required by the JotForm team to read, and it was really eye-opening when it came to understanding our users better.

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Contributors: Chad Reid from JotForm

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#6 The Everything Store by Brad Stone

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Brad Stone's 'The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon' is one of the go-to books on Product Management as it puts a laser focus on how Bezos grew his business from being a bookseller to one of the most influential companies in the world.

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Contributors: Stuart Conover from Horror Tree 

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#7 Inspired by Marty Cagan

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Marty Cagan's 'Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love' puts a focus on what is important when crafting a product in the eyes of a consumer and how to decide which products will sell. From inspiration to research, this work covers the entire gambit of what it takes to create a product and uses research, best practice comparisons, and more than many of the most successful tech companies have successfully developed over the years.

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Contributors: Stuart Conover from Horror Tree 

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