Product Management in Practice: A Real-World Guide to the Key Connective Role of the 21st Century
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
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 ...more
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. ...more
• 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
This practical guide clearly explains the product manager's job and the guiding principles for success in the role.
The framing of this book is around Product Management as a practice. What this means is that it focuses on the being of a product manager (your values, habits, attitude, etc.) more so than the knowing or doing. For example, it highlights the importance of clarity in communication and the role of product management as being connective, ...more