A Product Manager’s best friend: Blogs & Twitter

So while I think there’s a lack of practical, straightforward advice for young product managers who aren’t working somewhere with a strong product program, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some great resources out there. You’re going to need to do a lot of reading. In fact, you’ll find yourself going back and re-reading the same posts…

‘Data Mining for the Masses’ by Matthew North

This instructional book with use cases for data mining and predictive modeling using RapidMiner is fantastic for beginners. Buy it: http://amzn.to/18UHq3H Check out my notes: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s106/sh/4818b719-2ff7-4916-91e0-a22507964856/700e9b8fd52a14ebe8e143da5b51780f

‘Lean Analytics’ by Croll & Yoskovitz

This is one of the most important product management books I’ve read to date. Absolutely fantastic. Like most of the Lean Series, lessons can be applied to organizations of any size. Feel free to check out my highlights in Evernote after reading Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster. Some excerpts: “The core idea…

‘Built To Last’ by Jim Collins & Jerry Porras

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Built To Last. Some excerpts: “We suggest that the continual stream of great products and services from highly visionary companies stems from them being outstanding organizations, not the other way around. Keep in mind that all products, services, and great ideas, no matter how visionary, eventually become obsolete. But…

‘The Age Of The Platform’ by Phil Simon

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Age Of The Platform. How Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google Have Redefined Business. Some excerpts: Definition of a Platform: “An extremely valuable and powerful ecosystem that quickly and easily scales, morphes, and incorporates new features (called planks in this book), users, customers, vendors, and partners… Today, the most vibrant…

‘The Social Entrepreneur’ By Andrew Mawson

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading The Social Entrepreneur. Some favorites: “The contrast between that kind of experience of life – which, believe me, can feel frustrating and active discouraging – and someone simply saying, “sure, go ahead, when can you start and how can we help’, without forms or systems or anything else, just…

‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Steve Jobs. This is in my top 3. Some favorites: “The main thing in our design is that we have to make things intuitively obvious,” “On many of his major projects, such as the first Toy Story and the Apple store, Jobs pressed “pause” as they neared completion and…

‘Shipping Greatness’ by Chris Vander Mey

Feel free to check out my highlights after reading Shipping Greatness. Some favorites: “If you’ve uncovered a big problem that many users share, you’ve completed the most important step of your product definition process.” “Remember that the time to maintain your cool is when others are losing theirs!” “About 90% of the time, the root cause for your…