Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams
In today’s lightning-fast technology world, good product management is critical to maintaining a competitive advantage. Yet, managing human beings and navigating complex product roadmaps is no easy task, and it’s rare to find a product leader who can steward a digital product from concept to launch without a couple of major hiccups. Why do some product leaders succeed w
I'm lucky to live near the Pluralsight headquarters and have heard Nate Walkingshaw and other Pluralsight PMs speak about their processes. I got so much more insight from a one hour talk than from this entire book. There also is a level of ...more
This book is good compilation of what product management is all about. It even takes it a step further to explain product leadership and share how it’s different from product management. If one is starting out in product management, this can be a good beginning ...more
It covers a lot of ground and shares very valuable insights and practices which are not only useful for product leaders, but everyone working in a product-related environment. It’s fundamental and specific, tactical and strategic. It explains desired relationships and models for product teams, either within a startup, an emerging or enterprise organisation.
I wish this b ...more
However, this book can be much better and deeper. For instance, it covers the metrics that product managers need to use in their product performance evaluation, but the details are not deep enough to give you a practical ground. This gets annoying sometimes while you reading the chapter ...more
The book genuinely inspired me to learn more about PM and seek out challenges to take it to the next level - Product Leadership!
One is definitely the overall quality of the paperback, structure and these weird black and white low quality photos?? And other one is the quality of writing, mental models this book is trying to create and its substance. Compare to something like https://strategyzer.com/books/value-p..., which oozes character and thoughful content.
Half of Product Leadership is just absolutely basic observations on the industry, it seems more like a book for ...more
First key point: the best product leaders tell a story about the product in the context of a customer’s success.
Second key point: "Product Leads" are leaders and not just managers.
Product Lead’s job is not to constantly manage or direct, but lead the team by clearly articulating the goals. They provide context (via customers, market landscape).
I ❤️ this! "Dream in years; plan in months; evaluate in weeks; ship daily." —DJ P ...more
I didn’t find interesting real world examples and anecdotes that I had hoped for. The book describes product leadership in a very abstract way. That results in abstract and shallow rec ...more
It is great to see one of the first, if not the first, books on Product Leadership! Being certainly useful and extensive, it also feels a bit raw and unprocessed, and quite a difficult read. It could benefit from more drive and positivity, better organisation and less repetition.
Product Management is described as sitting at the center of UX, tech, and business. Product managers need to lasso everything together to meet release targets, satisfy customers, and contribute to overall business objectives and revenue streams.
One of the most valuable sections was ab ...more
I wanted to like this book a lot. Unfortunately, it exists solely as an exercise in confirmation bias. If you are a product manager, then most of this will or should seem like second nature to you. If you are not a product manager, then there is no discernible content to educate you on what being a product manager actually means.
Sound too harsh? Here's a passage I encountered while I was speed-reading to the end:
"Great product management 'is ...more
– Highly Collaborative: They know how to work effectively with others to move the company's missions forward. Their high level of empathy makes them great at understanding what motivates others and tapping into that to align everyone on the mission at hand.
– Solid Communicator: Leaders, especially product lead ...more
Covers 3 main areas...
How to create sucessfull teams
How to guide your team from startup to enterprise
Strategies and tactics for working with everyone else outs ...more
One idea jumps from the introduction:
Ultimately, the job of the manager or leader is to get results through other people.
I always felt somewhat uncomfortable in an organization, being either "a programmer" or "a lead developer" just because of that.
My mindset is people who do the hard work should deserve the reward, so why is that the "leader" position is higher than the "doer"?
I felt unco ...more
If you want strategy, this is your book. It's just not what I was expecting from it.
(I originally rated it three stars, but I removed that, because it might be better for someone else? Maybe I was just looki ...more
The biggest takeaway for me was their lists of questions to ask in certain scenarios. The book did a good job defining the qualities to look for in a Product Leader with loads of practical advice on how to hire.
An easy read, but at the end of the day did not feel that I took anything from this book. Also, the structure of the book did not make any sense and seemed like the author just tried to put together quotes of 100 PMs in one text without a clear narrative or goal what he wanted to achieve with the book.
However, if you are new to the discipline, you will probably find some useful information and maybe the book will even be enjoyable.
The good: I found the chapter with tips on what to look for hiring the most valuable.
The bad: Excessive repetition of the same basic ideas which made reading very tiring and dull. Many times I couldn’t tell what exactly the message is. There are quotations of various PMs scattered and checklists all over the place.
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