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The Product Manager's Desk Reference

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'The Product Manager's Desk Reference' uses the progression of the practitioner across the career cycle as well as the progression of the product across its life cycle to establish clear guidelines as to what must be done, when, by whom, and with what level of expertise.
Hardcover, 704 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by McGraw-Hill (first published July 10th 2008)
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Konstantin Valiotti
The book is pretty comprehensive and overall is good. I feel like it should mostly be used as a desk reference (as it is stated in the title), rather than simply read (may be too overwhelming with all the forms, documents and such), especially if you are [aspiring] IT product manager.

The concepts are well-defined and the structure is pretty clear.
Steve Fenton
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a substantial volume on product management, but both the money and time investments are paid back by the chapters on strategy and life cycle management. I have taken multiple actionable ideas from this book.
Adam Sipos
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
Dry, but thorough and useful.
Michal Nowak
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: unfinished
I read introduction and some parts of the book. As the title suggests it's a desk reference. Something you want to reference in part, when you need it.

The author did a great job of gathering information about this hugely diverse and extremely demanding role. Even if some advice doesn't fit to the way you fulfil the role of product manager, you'll at least get a broad way of thinking about the challenges ahead of you.
Ben Love
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Product Management is a poorly defined role in most companies, usually confused with Project Management (which it most definitely is not). Making this the best volume on the art, development and methods of modern Product Management that I have come across so far. A huge book (>700 pages), but one that will continue to stay with me as a reference for years to come.
Johan Oskarsson
Apr 11, 2013 rated it liked it
So far only 2.0, missing a lot of new way of working and methods. Some chapters are good some not. Worth reading!!
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