What are some PM-focused books I can read?
I'm pursuing a product management position and I'd like to get into the mindset of being a PM. I'm currently a software developer. I know that experience is best, so I am working on that, but in the meantime, I'd love to know some books that I might be able to take a look at. Thanks! #product-management #pm #software-engineer #givingiscaring
1) Scrappy Project Management, by Kimberley Wiefling
This is written in a funny an entertaining way, and discusses a variety of pitfalls and how to avoid and deal with them.
2) Waltzing with Bears, by Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister
This is more focused on software project risk management, but a very good read.
3) Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers, bu Anthony Mersino
This is more focused on people skills, which is critical for successful projects.
4) Software Project Survival Guide, by Steve McConnell
This is one of the classic books on software project management, and considered one of the best books out there.
Don't Make Me Think - Steve Krug (great book on UX and designing products)
Hooked - Nir Eyal (book about creating habit-forming products)
Inspired - Marty Cagan (great intro to product thinking)
Influence - Robert Cialdini (great book about shaping customer / user behavior)
I made the transition from software developer to product manager a few years ago! (I'm now a product designer, which is another story)
Here are the resources that helped me. Product Management is tricky because it's so different from job to job. Some PM roles look more like project management, while others look like being a mini-CEO of your particular product area. I tend to like books that treat it like the latter, and as you look for PM opportunities, it's worth filtering out roles that are more tactical than strategic in what they ask of you.
Daniel recommends the following next steps:
Start with: Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
And move to: Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want
Testing business ideas is one of their most recent book which provides great insight into ways that you can test and iterate a product early vs. building it all the out.
by Project Management Institute. If you end up reading the whole book, consider studying and taking the exam and getting the PMP credential as a resume boost.
Sunil recommends the following next steps: