The best 30 Product Management books

Product Management plays a crucial role in bringing innovative ideas to life and ensuring successful product launches. Our carefully curated book list on Product Management offers invaluable insights into the industry's best practices and strategies.

Dive into our selection to deepen your knowledge and enhance your skills in Product Management. Ready to level up your product development game? Explore our collection now!

The best 30 Product Management books
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Product Management Books: Inspired by Marty Cagan

Inspired

Marty Cagan
How To Create Products Customers Love
4.4 (523 ratings)
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What's Inspired about?

Inspired describes the best practices of creating successful software products and explains the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them. The lessons are applicable in a range of product environments, from fledgling start-ups to large corporations.

Who should read Inspired?

  • Anyone interested in a behind-the-scenes view of how great software products are created
  • Anyone working or wishing to work in software product management
  • Anyone hoping to build innovative software products

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Product Management Books: Scrum by Jeff Sutherland

Scrum

Jeff Sutherland
The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
4.4 (358 ratings)
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What's Scrum about?

Learn all about Scrum, the project management system that has revolutionized the technology industry. This is a uniquely adaptive, flexible system that allows teams to plan realistically and adjust their goals through constant feedback. By using Scrum, your team can improve their productivity (and the final result) without creating needless stress or working longer hours.

Who should read Scrum?

  • Anyone whose business is struggling to make ends meet
  • Anyone who wants to be more productive in less time
  • Anyone who manages a team

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Product Management Books: Start at the End by Matt Wallaert

Start at the End

Matt Wallaert
How to Build Products That Create Change
4.3 (164 ratings)
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What's Start at the End about?

Start at the End (2019) provides a highly practical, step-by-step approach to designing products and services that make an impact on the world. Drawing on behavioral science, the process begins with a simple question: How do we want our potential consumers to act? It then works backward to figure out how to make that vision a reality. 

Who should read Start at the End?

  • Start-up employees looking for a way to shake up their industry’s playing field 
  • Leaders of established companies looking for their next big idea 
  • Entrepreneurs interested in applying behavioral science to their pursuit of business

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Product Management Books: The Agile Leader by Simon Hayward

The Agile Leader

Simon Hayward
How to Create an Agile Business in the Digital Age
4.4 (246 ratings)
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What's The Agile Leader about?

The Agile Leader (2018) explores how leaders can steer traditional organizations in the fast-paced digital world. These blinks show that agile working can help corporate teams to compete with start-ups, and to keep up with ever-changing customer expectations.

Who should read The Agile Leader?

  • Managers hoping to boost their team’s productivity
  • Entrepreneurs looking for a fresh perspective
  • Management consultants seeking new insights

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Product Management Books: Radical Product Thinking by R. Dutt

Radical Product Thinking

R. Dutt
The New Mindset for Innovating Smarter
4.1 (355 ratings)
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What's Radical Product Thinking about?

Radical Product Thinking (2021) lays out a step-by-step approach to developing game-changing products. Taking aim at the iteration-led approaches to product development that have become popular in recent years, it provides an inspiring, vision-driven alternative. 

Who should read Radical Product Thinking?

  • Product developers 
  • Entrepreneurs 
  • Change-makers

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Product Management Books: The Business of Belonging by David Spinks

The Business of Belonging

David Spinks
How to Build Communities that Grow the Bottom Line
4.6 (91 ratings)
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What's The Business of Belonging about?

The Business of Belonging (2021) explores how businesses can harness the power of online communities for the benefit of both themselves and their customers.

Who should read The Business of Belonging?

  • Community professionals seeking to hone their craft
  • Businesspeople who’d like to tap into the power of community
  • Marketeers on the lookout for new approaches

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Product Management Books: Self-Made Boss by Jackie Reses and Lauren Weinberg

Self-Made Boss

Jackie Reses and Lauren Weinberg
Advice, Hacks, and Lessons from Small Business Owners
4.4 (160 ratings)
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What's Self-Made Boss about?

Self-Made Boss (2022) is a practical starter kit for anyone looking to start a small business. It’s packed with advice and case studies looking at small businesses from across the United States, with step-by-step instructions for turning your great idea into a successful business. 

Who should read Self-Made Boss?

  • Small business owners
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs
  • Anyone curious about how brands are built from the ground up

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Product Management Books: Continuous Discovery Habits  by Teresa Torres

Continuous Discovery Habits

Teresa Torres
Discover Products that Create Customer Value and Business Value
4.2 (296 ratings)
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What's Continuous Discovery Habits about?

Continuous Discovery Habits (2021) explores how product managers and designers can keep making a positive impact on their customers’ lives. It explores an optimal decision-making process for product teams, so that they can continue to improve their offerings. 

Who should read Continuous Discovery Habits ?

  • Product managers looking for a new way of working
  • Entrepreneurs seeking a fresh perspective on creativity
  • Product designers

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Product Management Books: Learning Agile by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene

Learning Agile

Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene
Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban
4.3 (361 ratings)
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What's Learning Agile about?

Learning Agile (2015) is a no-nonsense guide to an often misunderstood concept – agile. The reason for that misunderstanding is simple: all too often, agile is bandied about as a one-size-fits-all solution to every conceivable organizational difficulty. Longtime agile practitioners Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene don’t see it that way. For them, agile is a great tool, but you have to know how – and when and why – to use it. And that starts with getting a grasp on agile’s underlying principles. 

Who should read Learning Agile?

  • Software developers
  • Team leaders 
  • Project managers

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Product Management Books: The Direct to Consumer Playbook by Mike Stevens

The Direct to Consumer Playbook

Mike Stevens
The Stories and Strategies of the Brands that Wrote the DTC Rules
4.1 (56 ratings)
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What's The Direct to Consumer Playbook about?

The Direct to Consumer Playbook (2022) takes a look at how some of the world’s top e-commerce brands got to where they are today. Through a series of inspiring interviews with DTC founders, you’ll discover stories of both failure and success – and be much better placed to build your own DTC company.

Who should read The Direct to Consumer Playbook?

  • Entrepreneurs looking for tips on how to build their own DTC business
  • Founders in need of inspiration on how to move forward
  • Anyone interested in how DTC brands sell their products

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Product Management Books: Empowered by Marty Cagan with Chris Jones

Empowered

Marty Cagan with Chris Jones
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Products
4.0 (95 ratings)
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What's Empowered about?

Empowered (2020) is a written master class that guides ordinary people to create extraordinary products. Discover how to create profitable products that consumers love!

Who should read Empowered?

  • Tech product owners looking to lead with purpose
  • Lovers of influential product designs
  • Anyone curious about how great tech gets made

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Product Management Books: How Big Things Get Done by Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner

How Big Things Get Done

Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner
The Surprising Factors Behind Every Successful Project, from Home Renovations to Space Exploration
4.1 (261 ratings)
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What's How Big Things Get Done about?

How Big Things Get Done (2023) explores what it takes to make large-scale projects work. It tackles tough questions like why so many big projects fail, and what makes the ones that succeed stand out from the rest. With real-life success stories as well as cautionary tales, its lessons can be applied to projects of any size, shape, or form. 

Who should read How Big Things Get Done?

  • Project managers looking to hone in their skills
  • Anyone about to embark on a new project or start a new business
  • Fans of Elon Musk wanting to learn how he works his magic

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Product Management Books: Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara

Unreasonable Hospitality

Will Guidara
The Remarkable Power of Giving People More Than They Expect
4.4 (383 ratings)
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What's Unreasonable Hospitality about?

Unreasonable Hospitality (2022) illustrates how surpassing expectations can take your service-based business to the next level. Through a collection of anecdotes and firsthand experiences, it imparts valuable insights into customer service, as well as employee management.

Who should read Unreasonable Hospitality?

  • Hospitality professionals
  • Anyone in the service industry
  • Business owners and leaders

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Product Management Books: 12 Months to $1 Million by Ryan Daniel Moran

12 Months to $1 Million

Ryan Daniel Moran
How to Pick a Winning Product, Build a Real Business, and Become a Seven-Figure Entrepreneur
3.9 (259 ratings)
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What's 12 Months to $1 Million about?

12 Months to $1 Million (2020) serves as your catalyst for creating a seven-figure business within just a year. By uncovering a mixture of pragmatic strategies and hard-earned wisdom, it places you, the aspiring entrepreneur, in the driving seat. Your journey to financial independence and business success starts here.

Who should read 12 Months to $1 Million?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs seeking practical strategies for financial independence
  • Existing business owners aiming to scale their ventures
  • Individuals interested in e-commerce and product innovation

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Product Management Books: The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick P. Brooks

The Mythical Man-Month

Frederick P. Brooks
Essays on Software Engineering
3.8 (59 ratings)
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What's The Mythical Man-Month about?

The Mythical Man-Month (1975) invites you into the intriguing world of software development. It stirs the pot of conventional wisdom, and introduces fresh perspectives on team dynamics, project timelines, and the very nature of software complexity. Prepare to see the tech realm with fresh eyes and a renewed perspective.

Who should read The Mythical Man-Month?

  • Software project managers seeking insight
  • Developers navigating team dynamics
  • Tech enthusiasts exploring industry history

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Product Management Books: The Stakeholder Strategy by Ann Svendsen

The Stakeholder Strategy

Ann Svendsen
Profiting from Collaborative Business Relationships
2.8 (9 ratings)
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What's The Stakeholder Strategy about?

The Stakeholder Strategy (1998) provides a business case for building for transitioning from transactional, profit-maximizing models to a "Third Way" approach built on mutually beneficial partnerships across stakeholders. It makes the research-backed case that stakeholder-oriented companies leading with higher purpose outperform rivals in the long run, and offers a framework for building stronger and more impactful stakeholder relationships. 

Who should read The Stakeholder Strategy?

  • Executives wanting a more purpose-driven approach
  • Mission-driven entrepreneurs 
  • Leaders across all business functions

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Product Management Books: Jobs to Be Done by Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman & David Farber

Jobs to Be Done

Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman & David Farber
A Roadmap for Customer-Centered Innovation
4.1 (43 ratings)
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What's Jobs to Be Done about?

Jobs to Be Done (2016) offers an up-to-date look at one of the most respected strategies for creating sought-after, innovative products. This methodology is laser-focused on customer research and understanding what they need in order to get jobs done.

Who should read Jobs to Be Done?

  • CEOs looking for new ideas
  • Marketing and design fanatics
  • Research and development teams

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Product Management Books: Obviously Awesome by April Dunford

Obviously Awesome

April Dunford
How to Nail Product Positioning so Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It
3.9 (197 ratings)
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What's Obviously Awesome about?

Obviously Awesome (2019) is a guide on how to master the art of product positioning. It compiles insights and strategies from two decades of experience in B2B tech marketing, providing actionable advice for selling a product's unique attributes to the right audience. 

Who should read Obviously Awesome?

  • Startup founders in technology sectors
  • Marketing professionals specializing in B2B products
  • Entrepreneurs looking to improve market fit

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Product Management Books: Competing Against Luck by Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon & David S. Duncan

Competing Against Luck

Clayton M. Christensen, Taddy Hall, Karen Dillon & David S. Duncan
The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice
4.2 (212 ratings)
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What's Competing Against Luck about?

Competing Against Luck (2016) challenges you to rethink innovation and growth through what is known as the jobs to be done theory. This transformative concept invites you to understand on a deeper level why customers make the choices they do, thereby helping you shape how you develop and market your products or services. Dive into a world where success hinges not on luck but on a profound comprehension of your customer’s true needs and desires.

Who should read Competing Against Luck?

  • Business leaders seeking innovative growth strategies
  • Entrepreneurs exploring customer-centric product development
  • Marketing professionals interested in consumer behavior insights

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Product Management Books: Product Operations by Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles

Product Operations

Melissa Perri & Denise Tilles
How Successful Companies Build Better Products at Scale
3.5 (46 ratings)
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What's Product Operations about?

Product Operations (2022) makes the case for implementing dedicated systems and roles to align complex product development processes across an organization. Covering team structures, discovery methods, development workflows, and continuous optimization, it provides frameworks to facilitate cross-functional transparency and harmony from conception through to delivery and iteration. 

Who should read Product Operations?

  • Product managers seeking insights into implementing product operations
  • Business analysts and product owners looking to streamline product roadmaps, release oversight or feedback integration
  • Collaborators in marketing, sales or UX design who want to better understand the broader vision of the product life cycle

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Product Management Books: Wiring the Winning Organization by Gene Kim & Steven J. Spear

Wiring the Winning Organization

Gene Kim & Steven J. Spear
Unleashing Our Collective Greatness Through Simplification, Slowification, and Amplification
4.0 (19 ratings)
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What's Wiring the Winning Organization about?

Wiring the Winning Organization (2023) delves into the art of transforming mundane workplaces into hubs of efficiency and innovation. It provides a practical three-part roadmap for leaders to rewire organizational dynamics and achieve exceptional success.

Who should read Wiring the Winning Organization?

  • Aspiring organizational alchemists
  • Efficiency-seeking team leaders
  • Innovation-hungry executives

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Product Management Books: The Geek Way by Andrew McAfee

The Geek Way

Andrew McAfee
The Radical Mindset that Drives Extraordinary Results
3.9 (65 ratings)
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What's The Geek Way about?

The Geek Way (2022) explores how modern tech giants construct organizational cultures that empower employees and accelerate results. It provides a blueprint for how leaders in any industry can transform sluggish bureaucracies into dynamic drivers of growth by implementing lessons from Silicon Valley.

Who should read The Geek Way?

  • Leaders seeking cultural revitalization within their organizations
  • Managers wanting to spark innovation
  • Directors aiming to empower teams

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Product Management Books: Well-Designed by Jon Kolko

Well-Designed

Jon Kolko
How to Use Empathy to Create Products People Love
3.7 (196 ratings)
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What's Well-Designed about?

Well-Designed (2014) is about the transformative power of empathy in product design. It explains how understanding and empathizing with users can lead to innovative and beloved products. The book offers practical advice on observing user behavior, understanding their needs, and creating products that resonate deeply with them.

Who should read Well-Designed?

  • Product designers
  • User experience professionals
  • Innovative entrepreneurs

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Product Management Books: A Cure for the Common Company by Richard Safeer

A Cure for the Common Company

Richard Safeer
A Well-Being Prescription for a Happier, Healthier, and More Resilient Workforce
3.7 (3 ratings)
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What's A Cure for the Common Company about?

A Cure for the Common Company (2023) delves into transforming traditional business environments into dynamic, health-centric workplaces. It emphasizes the importance of integrating well-being into corporate culture, outlining strategies for creating a more engaged, productive, and healthy workforce.

Who should read A Cure for the Common Company?

  • Leaders who want to look after their team
  • Working professionals who value their health
  • Anyone trying to build a company culture of well-being 

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Product Management Books: Going on Offense by Behnam Tabrizi

Going on Offense

Behnam Tabrizi
A Leader's Playbook for Perpetual Innovation
4.3 (14 ratings)
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What's Going on Offense about?

Going on Offense (2023) equips you with the strategies to transform your organization into a powerhouse of innovation. Dive into the stories of industry giants who dared to be different, and learn how to apply their bold approaches to your own challenges. Unleash your potential to lead change and drive your company toward a future of continuous growth and success.

Who should read Going on Offense?

  • Aspiring tech industry leaders
  • Corporate strategy enthusiasts
  • Innovation-driven business students

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Product Management Books: Competing in the New World of Work by Keith Ferrazzi

Competing in the New World of Work

Keith Ferrazzi
3.3 (32 ratings)
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What's Competing in the New World of Work about?

Competing in the New World of Work (2021) unveils the concept of radical adaptability, a progressive method for companies to proactively anticipate and shape future changes, valuing human-centric approaches over traditional, conformist business models.

Who should read Competing in the New World of Work?

  • Forward-thinking leaders
  • Innovation-driven teams
  • Agile business strategists

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Product Management Books: The 3.3 Rule by John Briggs

The 3.3 Rule

John Briggs
The New Workday Standard of Creating More by Working Less
3.8 (251 ratings)
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What's The 3.3 Rule about?

The 3.3 Rule (2020) offers a unique perspective on productivity and work-life balance. It presents the “3.3 Rule” – which advocates for working a maximum of three hours at a time, succeeded by breaks amounting to 30% of the work duration. This groundbreaking approach aims to rebuild conventional work patterns, fostering productivity and employee satisfaction.

Who should read The 3.3 Rule?

  • Corporate leaders 
  • Productivity enthusiasts 
  • Work-life balance seekers

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Product Management Books: The Friction Project by Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao

The Friction Project

Robert I. Sutton & Huggy Rao
How Smart Leaders Make the Right Things Easier and the Wrong Things Harder – Without Driving Everyone Crazy
4.1 (17 ratings)
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What's The Friction Project about?

The Friction Project (2024) unveils strategies for how to make organizations run smoothly, beginning with identifying sources of both beneficial and detrimental friction. It introduces tools to address common friction troubles, empowering leaders to navigate and optimize organizational dynamics.

Who should read The Friction Project?

  • Employees so swamped with meaningless tasks that they have no time for work
  • Workers who wish they could put the brakes on projects that move too fast
  • Managers who suspect they’re out of touch with the concerns of their staff and clients

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Product Management Books: SYSTEMology by David Jenyns

SYSTEMology

David Jenyns
Create Time, Reduce Errors and Scale Your Profits with Proven Business Systems
4.2 (87 ratings)
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What's SYSTEMology about?

SYSTEMology (2020) explores the critical importance of creating and implementing efficient systems in businesses to improve productivity and ensure consistency. It provides a step-by-step guide for business owners and managers to design processes that automate and streamline operations to reduce reliance on individual team members and enhance overall performance.

Who should read SYSTEMology?

  • Entrepreneurs looking to reduce hands-on involvement
  • Small business owners seeking to scale or sell
  • Business consultants specializing in systems improvement

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Product Management Books: Remote Work Revolution by Tsedal Neeley

Remote Work Revolution

Tsedal Neeley
Succeeding from Anywhere
3.6 (7 ratings)
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What's Remote Work Revolution about?

Remote Work Revolution (2021) unveils a roadmap for thriving in an era of virtual organizations, addressing the most pressing challenges facing remote teams and their managers. Drawing on evidence-based insights and practical strategies, this guide empowers leaders and employees to foster trust, productivity, and innovation in the digital workplace.

Who should read Remote Work Revolution?

  • Business leaders seeking to optimize their remote work strategies
  • Managers of virtual teams striving to maintain productivity and collaboration
  • Employees transitioning to remote work environments looking to thrive in their roles

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 FAQs 

What's the best Product Management book to read?

While choosing just one book about a topic is always tough, many people regard Inspired as the ultimate read on Product Management.

What are the Top 10 Product Management books?

Blinkist curators have picked the following:
  • Inspired by Marty Cagan
  • Scrum by Jeff Sutherland
  • Start at the End by Matt Wallaert
  • The Agile Leader by Simon Hayward
  • Radical Product Thinking by R. Dutt
  • The Business of Belonging by David Spinks
  • Self-Made Boss by Jackie Reses and Lauren Weinberg
  • Continuous Discovery Habits by Teresa Torres
  • Learning Agile by Andrew Stellman and Jennifer Greene
  • The Direct to Consumer Playbook by Mike Stevens

Who are the top Product Management book authors?

When it comes to Product Management, these are the authors who stand out as some of the most influential:
  • Marty Cagan
  • Jeff Sutherland
  • Matt Wallaert
  • Simon Hayward
  • R. Dutt