All of us here at Pixelic are passionate readers. We learn so much by reading and get some of our best ideas from the prolific product thinkers and writers. It helps us to think differently and come up with fresh new perspective.
While we enjoy reading in general, some pieces helped us more than others. Each piece is one of those we put in our pockets and bring it out and read again when in doubt.
What I enjoy about classic reads is that they are timeless; even with newer technologies today these reads still yield great takeaways and learnings. They are also applicable no matter which stage you are in your career. The Head of Product will find these reads valuable as much as a rising junior product associate.
Here are 20 classic pieces that will make you a better product manager. Keep this somewhere in your notes or on your Pocket and revisit from time to time. I promise you, these articles will show you great insights down the road.
We broke down into four categories:
- Becoming a Product Manager
- Product Strategy
- User Experience
Becoming a Product Manager
1. What, exactly, is a Product Manager? - Martin Eriksson
2. Good Product Manager/Bad Product Manager - Ben Horowitz
3. Behind Every Great Product - Marty Cagan
4. Product Management, Fast and Slow. - Enzo Avigo
5. What It Takes to Become a Product Manager - Julia Austin
6. What Makes for a Good Product Manager? - Andy Johns
7. Product Strategy Means Saying No - Des Traynor
8. 10x, Not 10%. - Ken Norton
9. On Pricing a Product - First Round Review
10. One door at a time - Jason Fried
11. Dear PMs, It's Time To Rethink Agile at Enterprise Startups - First Round
12. The Alternative to Roadmaps - Marty Cagan
13. How to Work With Software Engineers - Ken Norton
14. How to Work With Engineers - Julie Zhuo
15. How to Work with Designers - Julie Zhuo
16. Product Success - Marty Cagan
17. The PM Mind Meld - Ken Norton
18. Systems Thinking: A Product Is More Than the Product - Don Norman
19. Don't Make Me Think: 20 Wise Thoughts about Usability from Steve Krug - Tubik Studio
20. Great Design for Great Digital Products by Jane Austin - James Gadsby Peet
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