The Product Leader reading list

24 books product leaders should read

a year ago   •   2 min read

I’ve been compiling for the past few days a reading list for a product leader I’m currently coaching and thought you might find it of interest as well. This reading list is organised based on the below layers of skills I’ve developed for product leaders: design, technology, roadmap management, corporate finance, people management and strategy. I’ve selected the 4 best books for each layer of skills, as well as a list of blogs and podcasts I find interesting for your continuous learning. I will obviously update this list on an ongoing basis.

Design

πŸ“– Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days - Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Braden Kowitz

πŸ“– Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs - Ken Kocienda

πŸ“– Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products - Nir Eyal

πŸ“– Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love - Marty Cagan

Technology

πŸ“– Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters - Ryan Singer (free ebook by Basecamp)

πŸ“– The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses - Eric Ries

πŸ“– The Phoenix Project - Gene Kim

πŸ“– The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering - Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

Roadmap management

πŸ“– Lean Analytics - Alistair Croll

πŸ“– Product Roadmaps Relaunched - C. Todd Lombardo, Bruce McCarthy, Evan Ryan

πŸ“– Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams - Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson, and Nate Walkingshaw

πŸ“– Intercom on Product Management (free ebook)

People management

πŸ“– High Output Management - Andrew S. Grove

πŸ“– ReWork - Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

πŸ“– Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead - Laszlo Bock

πŸ“– Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules - L. David Marquet

Corporate finance

πŸ“– Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It - Scott Kupor

πŸ“– Startup CFO: The Finance Handbook For Your Growing Business - Kyle Brennan

πŸ“– Financial Management for Technology Start-Ups: A Handbook for Growth - Alnoor Bhimani

πŸ“– Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (And How to Take Advantage of It) - William Poundstone

Strategy

πŸ“– The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail - Clayton M. Christensen

πŸ“– Thinking in Systems: A Primer - Donella H. Meadows

πŸ“– The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts - Shane Parrish

πŸ“– Lean Enterprise - Jez Humble, Barry Oβ€²reilly, Joanne Molesky

Blogs, podcasts and more

πŸ—ž Tomasz Tunguz blog

πŸ—ž Stratechery - Ben Thompson

🎧 Invest like the best - Patrick O’Shaughnessy

🎧 This is Product Management

πŸ“ˆ Internet trends (updated yearly) - Mary Meeker

πŸ“ˆ Design in Tech report (updated yearly) - John Maeda

πŸ“Ό General Magic The Movie - Sarah Kerruish, Matt Maude, Michael Stern

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