Summer is almost here, so it’s time to create your summer-time reading list. Did you know that the average CEO reads around 52 books a year? That’s 1 book per week? As product managers, we should be no different. In this constantly evolving field, staying up to date with the latest strategies, models, and insights is paramount. Longer days and some well-deserved time off creates more opportunities to read.
In our always-on-the-move field, there’s no end to learning. I’ve been in your shoes, navigating the complex maze of product management, and trust me, a treasure trove of wisdom awaits you in books. So, I’ve rolled up my sleeves and curated a summer reading list that every product manager ought to dig into.
Ready for a deep dive?
Let’s get cracking with my top five must-read books for the summer:
A go-to guide that bridges the gap between strategy and execution. Cagan shares invaluable insights from his experience working at some of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley.
If you haven’t read it already, now is the time. Ries’ model of rapid innovation can help product managers develop and manage products more effectively and efficiently.
This book uncovers the common ‘build trap’ many product teams find themselves in and provides actionable strategies to deliver true value to customers.
4️⃣ “Radical Focus: Achieving Your Most Important Goals with Objectives and Key Results” by Christina Wodtke
A practical guide on OKR, a goal-setting framework that helps teams align their efforts to the overall business strategy.
This book uncovers the psychology behind habit-forming products and how we, as product managers, can use these insights to create better products.
Remember, reading is not about quantity but about quality and how you apply the knowledge. Take notes, reflect on how the insights apply to your role, and share your thoughts with your team. 🧠💡
Here’s a bonus book recommendation if you’d like to learn how to take better notes and apply insights from your reading: Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte.
To help you dig deeper and apply these concepts, I’m offering private coaching packages tailored to mid-level product managers. Feel free to reach out if you’re interested in driving your product management career forward.
And don’t be a stranger – share your book recommendations with me in the comments below.