Product Management Foundations - Reading List

At Mind the Product we give you access to the best product thinkers, bringing you together to make product people more successful and to develop our craft.

 

As well as our fantastic team of trainers this workshop relies heavily on the excellent work of blog writers, authors, product thinkers, keynote speakers, and podcast producers. There is a wealth of information out there on product management and it can be difficult to sort the good from the bad, so we’ve compiled a list of the best resources you can dive into to continue your learning long after the workshop has wrapped up.

 

Jump to:
Design Thinking + Lean + Agile Resources
Goals Alignment
Hypothesis and Testing
User Interviews
Process for Action: User Stories and Backlogs

Our Top Picks

 

If you can only read, watch or listen to one thing to help you dive further into the subjects we cover in Foundations, it has to be one of these:

 

📖 READ – Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love – Marty Cagan
🖥 WATCH – How to Write OKRs That Don’t Suck by Adrian Howard 
🎧 LISTEN – Product Management: What is the job, really? – Christian Idiodi

 

Design Thinking + Lean + Agile Resources

 

BOOKS 📖

Understanding Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile – Jonny Schneider (O’Reilly 2018)
Lean vs. Agile vs. Design Thinking: – Jeff Gothelf (Sense and Respond Press, 2017)

 

BLOGS 🖥
How to write a problem statement – Melanie Cannon (medium.com, 2017)
Understanding how Design Thinking, Lean and Agile Work Together  – Jonny Schneider (mindtheproduct.com, 2017)
How to write a problem statement – Melanie Cannon (medium.com, 2017)
What is Design Thinking – Ideo U
Product Warrior Podcast: Tristan Kromer on How to Help the Team Embrace Lean – Dave Martin (product warrior, 2018)
Growing up Lean: Lean Strategies for Maturing Products – Janna Bastow (mindtheproduct, 2018)
You Can’t be Lean Unless You’re Agile – Janna Bastow (mindtheproduct, 2021)

 

VIDEOS 📹
Designing Meaningful Human Experiences by Kate O’Neill (mindtheproduct, 2019) Prioritised Members
Why we Need to Rethink Product Management in an Agile PracticeAnthony Marter (mindtheproduct, 2020)

 

PODCAST 🎧
Troubleshooting Agile – Jeffrey Fredrick & Douglas Squirrel on The Product Experience  – The Product Experience (mindtheproduct.com, 2020)

Goals Alignment Resources

 

BOOKS 📖

Radical Focus by Christina Wodtke (Cucina Media, 2021)

 

BLOGS 🖥

Does a North Star Metric Oversimplify Growth?, Shaun Ellis (medium.com, 2018)
OKRs & KPI’s, What’s the Difference? Felipe Castro, (medium.com, 2019)
Collaborative Alignment for Product Managers – Arne Kittler (medium.com, 2016)
Collaborative Alignment – Marc Kadish (mindtheproduct.com, 2016)

 

VIDEOS 📹

How to Write OKRs That Don’t Suck by Adrian Howard (mindtheproduct, 2020)
Goal Setting in Product (mindtheproduct, 2020) Prioritised Members

 

PODCAST 🎧

Putting OKRs at the Centre – Natalija Hellesoe on The Product Experience Podcast

Hypothesis and Testing Resources

 

BOOKS 📖

Lean Startup -Eric Reis (Currency, 2011)
Lean Enterprise – Barry O’Reilly, Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky (O’Reilly, 2015

 

BLOGS 🖥
Assumptions vs. Hypothesis – Tristan Kromer, (kromatic.com, 20
Everything a Product Manager Needs to know about Experiments, Simon Cast, (mindtheproduct.com, 2012)
Dual Track Agile: Messy Leads to Innovation – Jacob Lichtenberg (mindtheproduct.com, 2017)

 

VIDEOS 📹

Hypothesis Driven Validation – Nate Archer (mindtheproduct.com, 2020)
Testing Business Ideas, by David Bland (mindtheproduct, 2020)
Top product metrics talks from Mind the Product (mindtheproduct, 2020)

 

PODCAST 🎧

Metrics of Success – Rik Higham on The Product Experience

 

User Interview Resources

 

BOOKS 📖

It’s our Research, Tomer Sharon (Morgan Kaufmann, 2012)
The User Experience Team of One Leah Buley (Rosenfeld, 2013)

 

BLOGS 🖥

Why You are Asking the Wrong Interview Questions – Teresa Torres, (producttalk.org, 2016)
Don’t forget the plural of anecdote is data – Dan Nguyen (blog.danwin.com, 2015)
How To Write Effective User Personas For A Diverse Audience – Stephanie Musat (mindtheproduct.com, 2019)
Conducting User Interviews: A Practical Guide (mindtheproduct, 2020) Prioritised Members

 

VIDEOS 📹
Getting the Most from your User Research Rosemary King, (mindtheproduct.com, 2015)
Cognitive Biases & The Questions you Shouldn’t be Asking by Cindy Alvarez (mindtheproduct, 2020)

 

PODCAST 🎧

User Research Interviews – Robert Chokr on The Product Experience (mindtheproduct.com, 2020)

Process For Action: User Stories and Backlogs

 

BOOKS 📖

User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product – Jeff Patton, Peter Economy (O’Reily, 2014)

 

BLOGS 🖥

The Lost Art of Backlog Management – Nigel Farmer (mindtheproduct.com, 2020)
How to write good user stories Jose Huerta, slideshare.net
Making the Product Backlog DEEP – Roman Pichler, romanpichler.com
Principles To Effective Story Writing – Ryan Jones, Pablo Schumacher (medium, 2016)
How we accidentally invented Job Stories – Paul Adams (Intercom)

 

VIDEOS 📹

Jobs to be Done by Joe Leech (mindtheproduct.com, 2020)
Evidence-Based Product Backlogs, by John Pagonis (mindtheproduct.com, 2020)