69 Best Books on Product Management

  • Presents over 100 sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game's design. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again. New to this edition: many great examples from new VR and AR platforms as well as examples from modern games such as Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us, Free to Play games, hybrid games, transformational games, and more.

    @minhphan2301 Some books to understand user psychology and its application to product design & mktg: Alchemy by @rorysutherland The Art of Game Design by @jesseschell Practical Empathy by @indiyoung 100 Things [...] by Susan Weinschenk Book recos are from this thread https://t.co/oE09CvD7sa

  • "Conventional product development focuses on the solution. Empathy is a mindset that focuses on people, helping you to understand their thinking patterns and perspectives. Practical Empathy will show you how to gather and compare these patterns to make better decisions, improve your strategy, and collaborate successfully." --Back cover.

    @minhphan2301 Some books to understand user psychology and its application to product design & mktg: Alchemy by @rorysutherland The Art of Game Design by @jesseschell Practical Empathy by @indiyoung 100 Things [...] by Susan Weinschenk Book recos are from this thread https://t.co/oE09CvD7sa

  • High Output Management

    Andrew S. Grove

    The president of Silicon Valley's Intel Corporation sets forth the three basic ideas of his management philosophy and details numerous specific techniques to increase productivity in the manager's work and that of his colleagues and subordinates

    If you’re in product management and only follow one person on Twitter it should be @shreyas. His book recommendations per career stage has been my favorite advice IC PM : 7 Habits of Highly Effective People PM Lead: High Output Management PM Director/VP/CPO: 7 Powers

  • Zero to One

    Peter Thiel

    The billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind such companies as PayPal and Facebook outlines an innovative theory and formula for building the companies of the future by creating and monopolizing new markets instead of competing in old ones. 200,000 first printing.

    @JohnBostick @farnamstreet @HowardMarksBook I re-read that once a year. Have a handful of books I try to come back and read regularly and that is one of them.

  • "To stay competitive in today's market, organizations need to adopt a culture of customer-centric practices that focus on outcomes rather than outputs. In this book, Melissa Perri explains how laying the foundation for great product management can help companies solve real customer problems while achieving business goals. By understanding how to communicate and collaborate within a company structure, you can create a product culture that benefits both the business and the customer. You'll learn product management principles that can be applied to any organization, big or small"--Page 4 of cover.

    10/ Also check out Escaping the Build Trap @lissijean https://t.co/bTCGsQk5Ib

  • Range

    David Epstein

    Shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members

    Here are five books that I’d recommend as we wrap up 2020. I hope you find something that helps you—or the book lover in your life—finish the year on a good note. https://t.co/9N0hL2xvTQ

  • October 2020 book recommendations for product people: 1. https://t.co/4ZlHRkstuM 2. https://t.co/8qEiDpFOoW 3. https://t.co/t9O2XF9DDn 4. https://t.co/6mSk1DNDe6 https://t.co/MPhQsOYEEX

  • Presents over 100 sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game's design. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again. New to this edition: many great examples from new VR and AR platforms as well as examples from modern games such as Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us, Free to Play games, hybrid games, transformational games, and more.

    October 2020 book recommendations for product people: 1. https://t.co/4ZlHRkstuM 2. https://t.co/8qEiDpFOoW 3. https://t.co/t9O2XF9DDn 4. https://t.co/6mSk1DNDe6 https://t.co/MPhQsOYEEX

  • Range

    David Epstein

    Shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members

    BTW, if exploring the advantages of being a generalist in a specialists’ world intrigues you, Range by @DavidEpstein is a must read addition to the topic. 14/16 https://t.co/ILmiaGPG42

  • Managing Humans

    Michael Lopp

    Book 34 Lesson: Until you ship the Real 1.0, your Pitch, Process, and Product should rapidly evolve with new information. https://t.co/RC7dAeltma

  • A good book to understand biases & anti-patterns of software teams. https://t.co/nMhdIn2uvX https://t.co/3OCvc93MqY

  • Okay there’s a clear winner, so I guess maybe it’s finally time to finish Radical Candor. Thanks for helping me choose ❤️ PS - the other 3 books are Range by David Epstein, High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove, and Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. All 4 are enjoyable so far.

  • Range

    David Epstein

    Shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members

    Okay there’s a clear winner, so I guess maybe it’s finally time to finish Radical Candor. Thanks for helping me choose ❤️ PS - the other 3 books are Range by David Epstein, High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove, and Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. All 4 are enjoyable so far.

  • High Output Management

    Andrew S. Grove

    The president of Silicon Valley's Intel Corporation sets forth the three basic ideas of his management philosophy and details numerous specific techniques to increase productivity in the manager's work and that of his colleagues and subordinates

    Okay there’s a clear winner, so I guess maybe it’s finally time to finish Radical Candor. Thanks for helping me choose ❤️ PS - the other 3 books are Range by David Epstein, High Output Management by Andrew S. Grove, and Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. All 4 are enjoyable so far.

  • Being the Third Edition of Systemantics, extensively revised and expanded by the addition of several new Chapters including new Axioms, Theorems, and Rules of Thumb, together with many new Case Histories and Horrible Examples.

    Aug 2020 book recommendations for product people: 1. Are Your Lights On? 2. Peopleware 3. The Systems Bible 4. Games People Play This month’s books are a nod to the Lindy Effect: these books are fairly old & we might reasonably expect them to stay relevant for a while longer https://t.co/kXtUqwJWk5

  • @haven2dotnet There are tons of management books to help you learn how to become a better manager - Radical Candor, High Output Management, Crucial Conversations. Strategy comes with time and experience in the field.

  • High Output Management

    Andrew S. Grove

    The president of Silicon Valley's Intel Corporation sets forth the three basic ideas of his management philosophy and details numerous specific techniques to increase productivity in the manager's work and that of his colleagues and subordinates

    @haven2dotnet There are tons of management books to help you learn how to become a better manager - Radical Candor, High Output Management, Crucial Conversations. Strategy comes with time and experience in the field.

  • The New York Times and Washington Post bestseller that changed the way millions communicate “[Crucial Conversations] draws our attention to those defining moments that literally shape our lives, our relationships, and our world. . . . This book deserves to take its place as one of the key thought leadership contributions of our time.” —from the Foreword by Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People “The quality of your life comes out of the quality of your dialogues and conversations. Here’s how to instantly uplift your crucial conversations.” —Mark Victor Hansen, cocreator of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul® The first edition of Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene and revolutionized the way millions of people communicate when stakes are high. This new edition gives you the tools to: Prepare for high-stakes situations Transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue Make it safe to talk about almost anything Be persuasive, not abrasive

    @haven2dotnet There are tons of management books to help you learn how to become a better manager - Radical Candor, High Output Management, Crucial Conversations. Strategy comes with time and experience in the field.

  • The fortieth anniversary edition of the groundbreaking best seller examines the interpersonal defenses which individuals construct to avoid dealing with reality in everyday situations in a volume that features a new prologue , as well as commentary by Kurt Vonnegut from his original 1965 LIFE magazine review. Reissue. 20,000 first printing.

    @twishmay I’ve only read Games People Play (and just started Scripts People Live), but learned a lot from Games People Play, among my top 10 all time favorite books.

  • The fortieth anniversary edition of the groundbreaking best seller examines the interpersonal defenses which individuals construct to avoid dealing with reality in everyday situations in a volume that features a new prologue , as well as commentary by Kurt Vonnegut from his original 1965 LIFE magazine review. Reissue. 20,000 first printing.

    Transactional Analysis reference 1: https://t.co/YmjdtSjPyB https://t.co/crieievgAq

  • Inspired

    Marty Cagan

    How do today's most successful tech companies—Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla—define, design and develop the products that have earned the love of literally billions of people around the world? Perhaps surprisingly, they do it very differently than the vast majority of tech companies. In INSPIRED, technology product management thought leader Marty Cagan provides readers with a master class in how to structure and staff an empowered and effective product organization, and how to discover and deliver technology products that your customers will love—and that will work for your business. With sections on assembling the right people and skills, discovering the right product, embracing an effective yet lightweight process, scaling the product organization, and creating a strong product culture, readers can take the information they learn and immediately leverage it within their own organizations—dramatically improving their own product efforts. Whether you're an early stage startup working to get to product/market fit, or a growth-stage company working to scale your organization, or a large, long-established company trying to regain your ability to consistently deliver new value for your customers, INSPIRED will take you and your product organization to a new level of customer engagement, consistent innovation, and business success. Filled with the author's own personal stories—and profiles of some of today's most-successful product managers and technology-powered product companies, including Adobe, Apple, BBC, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix—INSPIRED will show you how to turn up the dial of your own product efforts, creating technology products your customers love. The first edition of INSPIRED, published ten years ago, established itself as the primary reference for technology product managers, and can be found on the shelves of nearly every successful technology product company worldwide. This thoroughly updated second edition shares the same objective of being the most valuable resource for technology product managers, yet it is completely new—sharing the latest practices and techniques of today's most-successful tech product companies, and the men and women behind every great product.

    @mar15sa @cagan Bookmarked the thread. Thanks for documenting it. Inspired is the very first book I recommend to product managers.

  • "Conventional product development focuses on the solution. Empathy is a mindset that focuses on people, helping you to understand their thinking patterns and perspectives. Practical Empathy will show you how to gather and compare these patterns to make better decisions, improve your strategy, and collaborate successfully." --Back cover.

    More July 2020 book recommendations for product people: 1. Understanding Michael Porter 2. Practical Empathy 3. The Charisma Myth 4. 7 Powers 5. Getting Things Done 6. The Art of Thinking Clearly https://t.co/7A1xviJ2sj

  • Super Thinking

    Gabriel Weinberg

    "The world's greatest problem-solvers, forecasters, and decision-makers all rely on a set of frameworks and shortcuts that help them cut through complexity and separate good ideas from bad ones. They're called mental models, and you can find them in dense textbooks on psychology, physics, economics, and more. Or, you can just read Super Thinking, a fun, illustrated guide to every mental model you could possibly need"--

    July 2020 Product Management book recommendations: 1. Super Thinking 2. The War of Art 3. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People 4. Alchemy 5. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics 6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People https://t.co/38LYLjPdu3

  • Provides information and examples to help designers create products, applications, Web sites, and print materials that match the way people think and feel.

    July 2020 Product Management book recommendations: 1. Super Thinking 2. The War of Art 3. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People 4. Alchemy 5. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics 6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People https://t.co/38LYLjPdu3

  • If you have ever looked for P-values by shopping at P mart, tried to watch the Bernoulli Trails on "People's Court," or think that the standard deviation is a criminal offense in six states, then you need The Cartoon Guide to Statistics to put you on the road to statistical literacy. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics covers all the central ideas of modern statistics: the summary and display of data, probability in gambling and medicine, random variables, Bernoulli Trails, the Central Limit Theorem, hypothesis testing, confidence interval estimation, and much more—all explained in simple, clear, and yes, funny illustrations. Never again will you order the Poisson Distribution in a French restaurant!

    July 2020 Product Management book recommendations: 1. Super Thinking 2. The War of Art 3. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People 4. Alchemy 5. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics 6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People https://t.co/38LYLjPdu3

  • Zero to One

    Peter Thiel

    The billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind such companies as PayPal and Facebook outlines an innovative theory and formula for building the companies of the future by creating and monopolizing new markets instead of competing in old ones. 200,000 first printing.

    @mkobach @peterthiel Genius book

  • Zero to One

    Peter Thiel

    The billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind such companies as PayPal and Facebook outlines an innovative theory and formula for building the companies of the future by creating and monopolizing new markets instead of competing in old ones. 200,000 first printing.

    @pradologue I remember gifting these 3 books to entire @wingify team: - Zero to One - Beginning of Infinity - What got you here won’t get you there One time, there was a theory going around in @wingify that I’m trying to brainwash people through books :)

  • Zero to One

    Peter Thiel

    The billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind such companies as PayPal and Facebook outlines an innovative theory and formula for building the companies of the future by creating and monopolizing new markets instead of competing in old ones. 200,000 first printing.

    Put another way, it’s not that reading Thinking Fast and Slow or Zero to One have no value (both great books!) — rather, I think happiness and competence derive from originality and heterogeneity, and that takes exploring.

  • Range

    David Epstein

    Shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members

    After a mental block of not being able to read a book properly for 2 years, got started on this one after several recommendations and now can’t stop reading. https://t.co/5pC1WSsQVy

  • Zero to One

    Peter Thiel

    The billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind such companies as PayPal and Facebook outlines an innovative theory and formula for building the companies of the future by creating and monopolizing new markets instead of competing in old ones. 200,000 first printing.

    @margiki I won’t do justice to the concepts over Twitter. I recommend you read the book. It is one of the most information dense, high ROI books you’ll read and it is short. https://t.co/Yap3hOeCPV

  • The fortieth anniversary edition of the groundbreaking best seller examines the interpersonal defenses which individuals construct to avoid dealing with reality in everyday situations in a volume that features a new prologue , as well as commentary by Kurt Vonnegut from his original 1965 LIFE magazine review. Reissue. 20,000 first printing.

    This book is spectacular. Presents models & analysis of the “drama” in everyday life and at work. It would easily take decades of life experience (along with deep analysis and introspection) to learn what’s in this book. 🤯 https://t.co/I2y5ycQWeI https://t.co/kwfqMifjjz

  • This is the first book that comprehensively describes the underlying principles that create flow in product development processes. It covers 175 principles organized into eight major areas. It is of interest to managers and technical professionals responsible for product development processes.

    @aakashd @ku1deep "The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinertsen is the book for you. It's quite simply the most advanced product development book you can buy." - Eric Ries https://t.co/So53YFUsIw

  • Super Thinking

    Gabriel Weinberg

    "The world's greatest problem-solvers, forecasters, and decision-makers all rely on a set of frameworks and shortcuts that help them cut through complexity and separate good ideas from bad ones. They're called mental models, and you can find them in dense textbooks on psychology, physics, economics, and more. Or, you can just read Super Thinking, a fun, illustrated guide to every mental model you could possibly need"--

    @OwenResistor Good question, I had to think it through before answering. Ultimately, strategy is about disciplined thinking. So I'd start there and c couple of resources come to mind: — Super Thinking (Chapters 1, 6, 9) — Art of Strategy or similar game theory books

  • The Charisma Myth

    Olivia Fox Cabane

    Demonstrates how to improve one's persuasive abilities, sharing tools originally developed for Harvard and MIT to explain the fundamental components of charisma, what it really is, and how it works.

    4. The Charisma Myth — Olivia Fox Cabane A book that’s about much more than “charisma” (in the traditional sense of the word): how to make an impact, how to influence, how to inspire, by being present and authentic https://t.co/gQvKcvYKcC

  • Super Thinking

    Gabriel Weinberg

    "The world's greatest problem-solvers, forecasters, and decision-makers all rely on a set of frameworks and shortcuts that help them cut through complexity and separate good ideas from bad ones. They're called mental models, and you can find them in dense textbooks on psychology, physics, economics, and more. Or, you can just read Super Thinking, a fun, illustrated guide to every mental model you could possibly need"--

    Book recos for new & aspiring managers, with emphasis on practical advice: The Motive What Got You Here Won't Get You There HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself The Charisma Myth Super Thinking HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing People The Practicing Stoic The Advantage More👇🏾

  • @gbufremsays here's a book not many people know about but it's very relevant to so many companies today, but comes with a big caveat: you have to ignore his misguided political rants, and just focus on what he calls "car guys" which we would call "product person": https://t.co/JkzJCDXPbP

  • The Lords of Strategy

    Walter Kiechel

    Journalist and editor Walter Kiechel recounts the birth and evolution of strategy, arguably the most influential business paradigm of the past half century and the trials and triumphs of the disruptors who invented it.

    @kevinakwok @patrickc Lords of Strategy also a good book here

  • The Charisma Myth

    Olivia Fox Cabane

    "The Charisma Myth" by Olivia Fox Cabane is a splendid book, that among other things, prescribes an authentic path towards building and exuding confidence. https://t.co/UKrzxsC128

  • Super Thinking

    Gabriel Weinberg

    "The world's greatest problem-solvers, forecasters, and decision-makers all rely on a set of frameworks and shortcuts that help them cut through complexity and separate good ideas from bad ones. They're called mental models, and you can find them in dense textbooks on psychology, physics, economics, and more. Or, you can just read Super Thinking, a fun, illustrated guide to every mental model you could possibly need"--

    Another must-add to the PM bookshelf: In "Super Thinking", Lauren McCann and @yegg describe hundreds of mental models that can help you become a better thinker and decision maker. https://t.co/3nlet7Hy7B

  • Inspired

    Marty Cagan

    Summary of top recommendations: 🥇 Inspired, by @cagan (https://t.co/V9WukznWoW) 🥈The Mom Test, by @robfitz (https://t.co/F7JNJsb5ag) 🥉 User Story Mapping, by @jeffpatton (https://t.co/9vo0IZ9HfC) Many more excellent recommendations in the thread below 👇

  • Can your software sell itself? Convention and the trillion-dollar sales industry claim that it's impossible for your product to sell itself. Yet successful software businesses like Slack, Dropbox, Atlassian, and HubSpot make millions selling to customers who never once reached out to a sales rep. In Product-Led Growth: How to Build a Product That Sells Itself, growth consultant Wes Bush challenges the traditional SaaS marketing and sales playbook and introduces a completely new way to sell products. Bush reveals how your product--not expensive sales teams--can be the main vehicle to acquire, convert, and retain customers. In this step-by-step guide to Product-Led Growth, Bush explains: Why you should flip the traditional sales process on its head and turn your product into a sales machine; How to decide whether your business should use a free trial, freemium, or hybrid model; How to turn free users into happy, paying customers. History tells us that "how" you sell is just as important as "what" you sell. Blockbuster couldn't compete with Netflix by selling the same digital content, and you need to decide "when" not "if" you'll innovate on the way you sell. Are you going to be product-led? Or will you be disrupted, too?

    1/ Books: • Escaping the Build Trap by @lissijean • The Messy Middle by @scottbelsky • Crossing the Chasm by @geoffreyamoore • Product-led Growth by @wes_bush • 7 Powers by Hamilton W. Helmer • High Out Management by Andy Grove

  • "To stay competitive in today's market, organizations need to adopt a culture of customer-centric practices that focus on outcomes rather than outputs. In this book, Melissa Perri explains how laying the foundation for great product management can help companies solve real customer problems while achieving business goals. By understanding how to communicate and collaborate within a company structure, you can create a product culture that benefits both the business and the customer. You'll learn product management principles that can be applied to any organization, big or small"--Page 4 of cover.

    1/ Books: • Escaping the Build Trap by @lissijean • The Messy Middle by @scottbelsky • Crossing the Chasm by @geoffreyamoore • Product-led Growth by @wes_bush • 7 Powers by Hamilton W. Helmer • High Out Management by Andy Grove

  • The Messy Middle

    Scott Belsky

    1/ Books: • Escaping the Build Trap by @lissijean • The Messy Middle by @scottbelsky • Crossing the Chasm by @geoffreyamoore • Product-led Growth by @wes_bush • 7 Powers by Hamilton W. Helmer • High Out Management by Andy Grove

  • Creative Selection

    Ken Kocienda

    @sergeyma Creative Selection

  • Being the Third Edition of Systemantics, extensively revised and expanded by the addition of several new Chapters including new Axioms, Theorems, and Rules of Thumb, together with many new Case Histories and Horrible Examples.

    Here’s a similar observation from a book called “The Systems Bible.” h/t @DeeZeyDeeZe https://t.co/7vqbQIWAx6

  • @JenniferSertl @histoftech @KristaMarcucci1 @seattletimes @UBuffalo @dtapscott @INSEAD @UVConnect @RITbusiness @UR_AinCenter @SB_Brennan @LippesMathias @blockchain @BrettKing @SpirosMargaris @psb_dc @CryptoRitas @Jay_AHR_ @el33th4xor @mbauwens @hartsellml @artbrock @holochain @petervan @toouufii @kacarlson1 @Innotribe @envisioningtech @MawaddaBasir @Mavennet_ @RocCityLibrary See also https://t.co/MRPLhIVfay

  • "Finding your bearings as a manager can feel overwhelming - but you don't have to fake it to make it, and you don't have to go it alone. Lara Hogan shares her recipe for supporting and leading a tech team - from developing your mentoring and coaching skills, to getting comfortable with having difficult conversations, to boosting trust among teammates - while staying grounded along the way." -- Provided by publisher.

    @abookapart @redsesame Are you a manager? Want to become one someday? Get Resilient Management. Do not buy this as a gift for your manager, because that will send the wrong message, BUT if you read it, you will be better able to empathize with them, which is a itself a gift. https://t.co/gWESM9rrY3

  • @JamesClear The Practicing Mind Improv Wisdom Inner Game of Tennis Radical Candor Zero to One 5 Love Languages

  • Range

    David Epstein

    Shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members

    Text is from Range: why generalists triumph in a specialized world, by David Epstein https://t.co/y1VeVTrdB9

  • In 2001, General Motors hired Bob Lutz out of retirement with a mandate to save the company by making great cars again. He launched a war against penny pinching, office politics, turf wars and risk avoidance. After declaring bankruptcy during the recession of 2008, GM is back on track thanks to its embrace of Lutz's philosophy. Lutz's common sense lessons (with a generous helping of fascinating anecdotes) will inspire readers at any company facing the bean counter analysis-paralysis menace.

    the disease of so many large old businesses - but in this case lives were lost: https://t.co/Dt3nnjaKTE - same basic story as: https://t.co/TxLEOOiKpK

  • A portrait of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, discusses his role in the twentieth-century scientific world, as well as his roles as family man and head of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies.

    @skupor Book 37 Lesson: Beware those who conflate dissent with disloyalty. https://t.co/UQMYZs8VJB

  • Inspired

    Marty Cagan

    Casey almost never recommends books on product management Which is how you know @cagan's Inspired is a must read https://t.co/aaNdPVQHLh https://t.co/BomvcMvfTg

  • What is Manipulative Insincerity? @kimballscott describes it in her book Radical Candor as - passive aggressive & backstabbing behaviour - where toxic work behaviours come in and often builds up to a point & becomes obnoxious aggression. Learn more 👇 Part 6/8 https://t.co/hxZKPpqdEQ

  • A portrait of scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, discusses his role in the twentieth-century scientific world, as well as his roles as family man and head of Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies.

    This came from reading Oppenheimer's bio, "American Prometheus" Curious — does anyone I know happen to have a book rec for something compiling famous physics papers + annotations or commentary on their significance? https://t.co/ERo1cfK5TP

  • Range

    David Epstein

    Many experts argue that anyone who wants to develop a skill, play an instrument, or lead their field should start early, focus intensely, and rack up as many hours of deliberate practice as possible. Epstein examined the world's most successful athletes, artists, musicians, inventors, forecasters and scientists, and discovered that in most fields-- especially those that are complex and unpredictable-- generalists, not specialists, are primed to excel. Generalists juggle many interests rather than focusing on one-- but they're also more creative, more agile, and able to make connections their more specialized peers can't see. -- adapted from jacket

    Extremely excited to read this new arrival. https://t.co/t65547S4ck

  • Range

    David Epstein

    Shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members

    Looking for a book that makes you smarter with every page? @DavidEpstein's new book, Range, is out today. It's smart, scientifically-backed, and a fantastic complement to Atomic Habits. (His first book, The Sports Gene, was also top notch.) Grab it: https://t.co/ZFeiTpbBJ2

  • Range

    David Epstein

    Shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members

    David Epstein’s wife weighs in on my blurb for his fabulous new book “Range.” https://t.co/JzsXGMomQS

  • Range

    David Epstein

    Shares counterintuitive advice on the most effective path to success in any domain while revealing the essential contributions of generalist, not specialist, team members

    @SteveBissen Recently finished: Dark Matter by Crouch (first fiction in awhile) The Fish That Ate the Whale by Cohen The Outsiders by Thorndike Currently: Range by @DavidEpstein (comes out this month) Favs: https://t.co/kEcPoKYUiC

  • Creative Selection

    Ken Kocienda

    @bpsandpieces Creativity inc by far of the ones I’ve read. Americana good but long. Chapter one of creative selection is amazing then you can put it down.

  • Creative Selection

    Ken Kocienda

    Two examples I just went through, both good books I had read partially the old fashioned way. Master Switch https://t.co/lttBEQsw1S Creative Selection https://t.co/7MwQXliNwe

  • Creative Selection

    Ken Kocienda

    A Wall Street Journal bestseller An inside account of Apple's creative process during the golden years of Steve Jobs. 'If you've ever wondered what it's like to work in a hotbed of innovation, you'll enjoy this inside view of life at Apple. Ken Kocienda pioneered the iPhone keyboard, and this book gives a play-by-play of their creative process - from generating ideas to doing a demo for Steve Jobs.' Adam Grant, bestselling author of Originals Hundreds of millions of people use Apple products every day; several thousand work on Apple's campus in Cupertino, California; but only a handful sit at the drawing board. Creative Selection recounts the life of one of the few who worked behind the scenes, a highly-respected software engineer who worked in the final years of the Steve Jobs era, the Golden Age of Apple. Ken Kocienda offers an inside look at Apple's creative process. For fifteen years, he was on the ground floor of the company as a specialist, directly responsible for experimenting with novel user interface concepts and writing powerful, easy-to-use software for products including the iPhone, the iPad and the Safari web browser. His stories explain the symbiotic relationship between software and product development for those who have never dreamed of programming a computer, and reveal what it was like to work on the cutting edge of technology at one of the world's most admired companies. Kocienda shares moments of struggle and success, crisis and collaboration, illuminating each with lessons learned over his Apple career. He introduces the essential elements of innovation, inspiration, collaboration, craft, diligence, decisiveness, taste, and empathy, and uses these as a lens through which to understand productive work culture. An insider's tale of creativity and innovation at Apple, Creative Selection shows readers how a small group of people developed an evolutionary design model, and how they used this methodology to make groundbreaking and intuitive software which countless millions use every day.

    Excited to read this. https://t.co/hnTY7g4Ss3

  • Blitzscaling

    Reid Hoffman

    Foreword by Bill Gates From the authors of New York Times bestsellers, The Alliance and The Start-up of You, comes a smart and accessible must-have guide for budding entrepreneurs everywhere. Silicon Valley is renowned for its striking number of businesses which have grown from garage start-ups into global giants; Apple, Cisco, Google, HP and Intel to name a few. But what is the secret to their outstanding success? Hoffman and Yeh explain that it's simple: they've learnt how to blitzscale. Featuring case studies from numerous prominent tech businesses such as AirBnB and WeChat, this book offers a specific set of practices for catalysing and managing dizzying growth in bourgeoning start-ups. Prioritising speed over efficiency in an environment of uncertainty, Blitzscaling illustrates how businesses can accelerate to the stage in a company's life cycle where the most value is generated. Using the framework provided by Hoffman and Yeh, readers will learn how to design business models which simultaneously support growth at a furious pace and capture the market, as well as how to navigate the necessary shifts in strategy needed at each level of scale.

    @AbiTyasTunggal 🙏 @reidhoffman Blitzscaling coming out soon: https://t.co/uXZhkezINO @bhorowitz Hard Things About Hard Things is a classic: https://t.co/1rhRdO0jcy Andy Grove's High Output Management is great: https://t.co/zBJkP6z2tH

  • Inspired

    Marty Cagan

    How do today's most successful tech companies—Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla—define, design and develop the products that have earned the love of literally billions of people around the world? Perhaps surprisingly, they do it very differently than the vast majority of tech companies. In INSPIRED, technology product management thought leader Marty Cagan provides readers with a master class in how to structure and staff an empowered and effective product organization, and how to discover and deliver technology products that your customers will love—and that will work for your business. With sections on assembling the right people and skills, discovering the right product, embracing an effective yet lightweight process, scaling the product organization, and creating a strong product culture, readers can take the information they learn and immediately leverage it within their own organizations—dramatically improving their own product efforts. Whether you're an early stage startup working to get to product/market fit, or a growth-stage company working to scale your organization, or a large, long-established company trying to regain your ability to consistently deliver new value for your customers, INSPIRED will take you and your product organization to a new level of customer engagement, consistent innovation, and business success. Filled with the author's own personal stories—and profiles of some of today's most-successful product managers and technology-powered product companies, including Adobe, Apple, BBC, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix—INSPIRED will show you how to turn up the dial of your own product efforts, creating technology products your customers love. The first edition of INSPIRED, published ten years ago, established itself as the primary reference for technology product managers, and can be found on the shelves of nearly every successful technology product company worldwide. This thoroughly updated second edition shares the same objective of being the most valuable resource for technology product managers, yet it is completely new—sharing the latest practices and techniques of today's most-successful tech product companies, and the men and women behind every great product.

    @chadfowler look no further: https://t.co/f8zijrWyS4

  • Zero to One

    Peter Thiel

    The billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur behind such companies as PayPal and Facebook outlines an innovative theory and formula for building the companies of the future by creating and monopolizing new markets instead of competing in old ones. 200,000 first printing.

    @lg @bhorowitz Agreed. It is the best tactical business book. Best strategy book: Zero to One.

  • Doing the Impossible

    Arthur L. Slotkin

    Apollo was known for its engineering triumphs, but its success also came from a disciplined management style. This excellent account of one of the most important personalities in early American human spaceflight history describes for the first time how George E. Mueller, the system manager of the human spaceflight program of the 1960s, applied the SPO methodology and other special considerations such as “all-up”testing, resulting in the success of the Apollo Program. Wernher von Braun and others did not readily accept such testing or Mueller’s approach to system management, but later acknowledged that without them NASA would not have landed astronauts on the Moon by 1969. While Apollo remained Mueller’s priority, from his earliest days at the agency, he promoted a robust post-Apollo Program which resulted in Skylab, the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. As a result of these efforts, Mueller earned the sobriquet: “the father of the space shuttle.” Following his success at NASA, Mueller returned to industry. Although he did not play a leading role in human spaceflight again, in 2011 the National Air and Space Museum awarded him their lifetime achievement trophy for his contributions. Following the contributions of George E. Mueller, in this unique book Arthur L. Slotkin answers such questions as: exactly how did the methods developed for use in the Air Force ballistic missile programs get modified and used in the Apollo Program? How did George E. Mueller, with the help of others, manage the Apollo Program? How did NASA centers, coming from federal agencies with cultures of their own, adapt to the new structured approach imposed from Washington? George E. Mueller is the ideal central character for this book. He was instrumental in the creation of Apollo extension systems leading to Apollo, the Shuttle, and today’s ISS and thus was a pivotal figure in early American human spaceflight history.

    @abarrabarr @naval Some good ones: https://t.co/ss9d5nHyiI https://t.co/QnsK9xNRiq https://t.co/G16Vtks4AJ https://t.co/OjCLHtRPUo https://t.co/e5JrpLULVN

  • @rorysutherland @daniel_rothig I was referencing some research from the book Social Physics by A Pentland which highlighted that optimal strategies involve 90% observation

  • Doing the Impossible

    Arthur L. Slotkin

    Apollo was known for its engineering triumphs, but its success also came from a disciplined management style. This excellent account of one of the most important personalities in early American human spaceflight history describes for the first time how George E. Mueller, the system manager of the human spaceflight program of the 1960s, applied the SPO methodology and other special considerations such as “all-up”testing, resulting in the success of the Apollo Program. Wernher von Braun and others did not readily accept such testing or Mueller’s approach to system management, but later acknowledged that without them NASA would not have landed astronauts on the Moon by 1969. While Apollo remained Mueller’s priority, from his earliest days at the agency, he promoted a robust post-Apollo Program which resulted in Skylab, the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. As a result of these efforts, Mueller earned the sobriquet: “the father of the space shuttle.” Following his success at NASA, Mueller returned to industry. Although he did not play a leading role in human spaceflight again, in 2011 the National Air and Space Museum awarded him their lifetime achievement trophy for his contributions. Following the contributions of George E. Mueller, in this unique book Arthur L. Slotkin answers such questions as: exactly how did the methods developed for use in the Air Force ballistic missile programs get modified and used in the Apollo Program? How did George E. Mueller, with the help of others, manage the Apollo Program? How did NASA centers, coming from federal agencies with cultures of their own, adapt to the new structured approach imposed from Washington? George E. Mueller is the ideal central character for this book. He was instrumental in the creation of Apollo extension systems leading to Apollo, the Shuttle, and today’s ISS and thus was a pivotal figure in early American human spaceflight history.

    https://t.co/OjCLHtRPUo is the best project management thriller I've read this year.

  • trust me: if you're a leader in tech, the best thing you can do in 2014 for your company is to read @bhorowitz book: http://t.co/qfAlSuWPEc

  • Inspired

    Marty Cagan

    How do today's most successful tech companies—Amazon, Google, Facebook, Netflix, Tesla—define, design and develop the products that have earned the love of literally billions of people around the world? Perhaps surprisingly, they do it very differently than the vast majority of tech companies. In INSPIRED, technology product management thought leader Marty Cagan provides readers with a master class in how to structure and staff an empowered and effective product organization, and how to discover and deliver technology products that your customers will love—and that will work for your business. With sections on assembling the right people and skills, discovering the right product, embracing an effective yet lightweight process, scaling the product organization, and creating a strong product culture, readers can take the information they learn and immediately leverage it within their own organizations—dramatically improving their own product efforts. Whether you're an early stage startup working to get to product/market fit, or a growth-stage company working to scale your organization, or a large, long-established company trying to regain your ability to consistently deliver new value for your customers, INSPIRED will take you and your product organization to a new level of customer engagement, consistent innovation, and business success. Filled with the author's own personal stories—and profiles of some of today's most-successful product managers and technology-powered product companies, including Adobe, Apple, BBC, Google, Microsoft, and Netflix—INSPIRED will show you how to turn up the dial of your own product efforts, creating technology products your customers love. The first edition of INSPIRED, published ten years ago, established itself as the primary reference for technology product managers, and can be found on the shelves of nearly every successful technology product company worldwide. This thoroughly updated second edition shares the same objective of being the most valuable resource for technology product managers, yet it is completely new—sharing the latest practices and techniques of today's most-successful tech product companies, and the men and women behind every great product.

    My current read: Inspired by Marty Cagan (of Silicon Valley Product Group). Must read for every software product company!