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Product Management in Practice: A Real-World Guide to the Key Connective Role of the 21st Century

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Product management has become a critical connective role for modern organizations, from small technology startups to global corporate enterprises. And yet the day-to-day work of product management remains largely misunderstood. In theory, product management is about building products that people love. The real-world practice of product management is often about difficult c ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by O'Reilly Media (first published November 8th 2017)
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kartik narayanan
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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tl;dr – Product Management in Practice has great practical advice for aspiring product managers.

The skill of actually figuring out what you need is probably as important as what you do after you figure it out.

What is the book about?
Product Management in Practice: A Real-World Guide to the Key Connective Role of the 21st Century is written by Matt LeMay, an experienced product leader.

This book has been written, according to Matt LeMay, to talk about the day to day
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Ian Stewart
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This belongs on your shelf next to Managing Humans and Radical Candor. It’s written in a conversational style that focuses on where the theory of getting things done breaks down in real life — and then it tells you how to push through. Highly recommend for anyone managing teams that make things. This book was a 10x confidence booster, corrective, and guide for me.
Greg
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
NOTES:
• Pursue clarity over comfort to build your communication skills.
• Seek out opportunities to solve organizational problems on the systemic level rather than the individual level. If the rules aren’t working, change them, don’t break them.
• Don’t let the day-to-day organizational conflicts of your work pull you out of your user’s reality. Remember that what your company cares about and what your users care about are different things, and be a relentless advocate for the latter.
• Remember t
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Lehel Ferencz
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
One of those rare books which changes professional paradigms. Clear, practical, memorable and easily applicable.
Alecsphys
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is a must read book for whoever wants to understand what a product managers is meant to do. Reading this book was how reading my daily diary of my working activities with all critical points I have to manage. A really illuminating book about a key role in a company. But as stated into the book "No matter how
smart you are, product management demands that you learn how to be wrong.
No matter how charismatic you are, product management demands that you
learn how to back up your words with actions.
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KC
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
In this book, Product Management guru Matt LeMay offers his wisdom surrounding the question: "So, what exactly does a product manager do all day, anyhow?"

The acknowledgment of the ambiguity of the role is a welcome relief. He offers the primers to frame the role: (1) You are not the boss (2) You are not actually building the product yourself and (3) You can’t wait around until somebody tells you what to do.

The introductory profiles lampooning the "bad examples" of product managers were both ente
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Matthew Kern
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, business
Lemay did a great job of speaking the truth about the day-to-day effort of product management. He offers great insights into the new career and I enjoyed the organization of the material.

One part that I really liked was his presentation of CORE skills of product management. He offers these guiding principles for each one
* Communication - “clarity over comfort.”
* Organization - “change the rules, don’t break the rules.”
* Research - “live in your user’s reality.”
* Execution - “no work beneath, no
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Colby Tibbet
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I recently moved from years of working in a startup space and needed some guidance into the wild world of software enterprise. I've read several books leading up to the position that talks about methodologies, terms, etc. But this book is really a "real-world" guide, which is what I needed. Scenarios that are more about human interactions than "what would an agile-minded product person" and where most of the problem lie in communication and understanding.

I think the cover may offput some people
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Oscar Mario
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book for starting product managers

I’ve been in the product manager role for a year, I’ve read dozens of articles and several books, I’ve been in charge of old and new products, and this book has been like a gift from the gods to me. There were several situations where what I was reading just happened to me or was about to happen and I was able to apply what I learned with great success.
I think this is one of those few books that I want to read several times, I cannot stress enough how r
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Ayush Jain
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recently completed this book and I have to say, this is one of those books that you would want to revisit at various stages of your Product Management career. You can buy it from Amazon here.

The learnings present in this book are timeless and would be applicable differently to product companies at various different stages but principles more or less remain relevant and highly applicable.

I highly recommend reading this book but just so you get a glimpse of what to expect, here is a summary of t
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Du Nguyen
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book. It provides the fundamentals of product management without prescribing a lot of methods but instead a lot of guidelines or first principles. As of such it seems to be always timely and prevents going into whatever's in vogue like scrum or kanban.
The author has lots of experience and distills all of this very clearly into guidelines and principles. There's plenty of excellent war stories as well from other product managers.
Really recommend this book for product managers or eve
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Benjamin Gaines
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Finally, a product management book that is real and practical. As much as we PMs love vision and idealism, sometimes we need people who've been there to tell us how things actually work in organizations and roles and products that are not perfect. Matt LeMay is that author. This book resonated with me more than anything else I've read on the discipline of product management because I could see my frustrations and struggles and failures in it, and it taught me how I might be better without needin ...more
Omri Herman
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I am a Product Manager*

This book really tackles some very important aspects of actually being a Product Manager that I could have used since day 1.

For me, this book is a gap from the 'Theoretical' Product Manager to the 'Working' Product Manager.

Also, it covers some pitfalls very very well, It's like she was walking in my shoes for the first 2 years of me being an amateur Product Manager.

Super informative, effective, and enjoyable read.
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Ditri Ahmetaj
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great insights on the practical side of the PM role

Some of the insights discussed in this book are questioned by employers in job interviews regarding the PM position.

The author clearly lists various difficulties and real circumstances that happen when working as PM

Highly recommend it to those starting out as a PM
Lance Willett
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a product manager you are the glue that connects disciplines to solve real customer problems. Build bridges by communicating often, and aim for clarity over comfort. Be open to do whatever it takes to find the right answer.

This practical guide clearly explains the product manager's job and the guiding principles for success in the role.
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David Shackelford
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great descriptivist guide to the art of product management. Not a ton that’s new here- but some new lenses for looking at the core skills of planning, communication, stakeholder and customer management, and everything else that needs to happen to get value to users. Would particularly recommend this one to new PMs trying to understand the role.
Joel Davis
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I generally base my rating on how many highlights I make in the book. Even though I'm not a product manager, per se, I found a lot of valuable information in this book. It helped me understand the PM role better and gave me insights into managing the products that I do work on better. I especially found his insights about working with those above you and those below particularly helpful. ...more
Bryan
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really good. Lots of good detail in this book that I'll be chewing on for quite some time. I give it a 4/5 because it's not my favorite book I've ever read on the subject, but it's REALLY REALLY good for all the PMs out there that want to have a better sense for how to be a PM. It's always a nice refresher to read these types of books. ...more
C.A. Martin
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you work in just about any type of organization, you should be able to find useful information in this book. The writing is clear and the advice he gives can help anyone communicate and focus on common goals within a group.
Ridhima Kaushal
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One of the most practical product books ever. So many other books I’ve read on Product have good concepts but so little that we can apply to our day-to-day.
It hits home – the challenges and solutions shared in this book are something I’ve experienced in my 10 months as a PM.
Mandy Sidana
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sets the right expectations and assumptions about role of a product manager. Casual and direct enough to make you feel like you are talking to a friend who has some honest behavioral insights into the domain.
Chittii
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! Gave me a lot of ideas how to cope with my daily challenges and helped me to ease my frustrations that I’m not working ‘by-the-book’. This position though ensured me how I love my job
Howard
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super practical advice for the day-to-day work of a product manager.
Trisin
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A lot of general thinks and water.
TC
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book that gives an overview of what product management is and the right mindset to approach it. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in the field.
Philip
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well written, witty and grounded in reality. This is a must read for anyone in the field.
Sloan
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent insight into management and leadership.
Mark Jansen
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Together with Melissa Perri's 'Escaping the Build Trap', I consider this essential - practical! - reading for new product managers. ...more
Daniel Hollands
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found it very readable, and look forward to reading it again when I actually get a product management job.
Galichka Sidarenka
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: product
Great read to dive into a new role of a product manager. Lots of real and practical examples that teach you to go beyond frameworks and tools in order to succeed.
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