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Ask HN: Good resources to become a better Product Manager?
12 points by cgb223 29 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 5 comments
I’m trying to improve my skills as a PM to better work with my team, customers, and help define the best features, goals, and products to help my company grow.

Given that Product Management is a little bit more nebulous in terms of specific skill sets, I’m looking for great books, blogs, videos, or courses that will help me become a better PM, not just for myself, but for my team.

What help you become a better PM?

How did you take your skills to the next level?




Learn the technical stuff you are avoiding. ideas are cheap, execution is hard. Understanding the depth of the problem your team faces will make you a better project manager, increase their happiness by knowing they’re working for someone with technical depth, and ultimately make you more valuable and harder to replace than just another product owner/scrum master. I get at least 10x more resumes for PM/PO that those with engineering skills. Guess what we don’t need more of...


Specifically to your question of defining the best features, goals, and products, I recommend these books:

* 20 YC Lessons

* Outcomes Over Output (a lightweight version of The Lean Startup)

* Strategy Rules

* How Google Works

Here's the rest of my Product Manager book reviews: https://www.briansnotes.io/audience/product-manager/


A list of books I posted in another thread:

* Start with Steve Blank’s The Startup Manual or Four Step to Epiphany. Other books:

* Dan Olsen, The Lean Product Playbook

* Mart Cagan, Inspired

* Ryan Singer, Shape Up

* Jake Knapp, Sprint

* Jeff Patton, User Story Mapping

* Stephen Wunker, Costovation

Also checkout /r/productmanagement subreddit.


Marty Cagan and Dan Olsen’s work helped me the most. You can find tons of their videos on Youtube, or get their books. I listen to Cagan’s books when I walk my dog.


Recycling some replies. More context on https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26182988: Pick and choose:

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19924100 (understanding codebases, etc.)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26591067 (testing pipelines, scaffolding, issue templates)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22873103 (making the most out of meetings, leveraging your presence)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22827841 (product development)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20356222 (giving a damn)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25008223 (If I disappear, what will happen)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24972611 (about consulting and clients, but you can abstract that as "stakeholders", and understanding the problem your "client", who can be your manager, has.)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24209518 (on taking notes. When you're told something, or receive a remark, make sure to make a note and learn from it whether it's a mistake, or a colleague showing you something useful, or a task you must accomplish.. don't be told things twice or worse. Be on the ball and reliable).

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24503365 (product, architecture, and impact on the team)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22860716 (onboarding new hires to a codebase, what if it were you, improve code)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22710623 (being efficient learning from video, hacks. Subsequent reply: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22723586)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21598632 (communication with the team, and subsequent reply: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21614372)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21427886 (template for taking minutes of meetings to dispatch to the team. Notes are in GitHub/GitLab so the team can access them, especially if they haven't attended).

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=24177646 (communication, alignment)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21808439 (useful things for the team and product that add leverage)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20323660 (more meeting notes. Reply to a person who had trouble talking in corporate meetings)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22715971 (management involvement as a spectrum)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=25922120 (researching topics)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26147502 (keeping up with a firehose of information)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26123017 (fractal communication: communication that can penetrate several layers of management and be relevant to people with different profiles and skillsets)

- https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=26179539 (remote work, use existing tooling and build our own. Jitsi videos, record everything, give access to everyone so they can reference them and go back to them, meetings once a week or two weeks to align)




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