Got to love a good book or podcast to get your creative product mind working.
Thanks to all those who came along to our Wellington ProductTank Meetup in April 2019 and shared their favourite product resources. Their ideas formed the start of this master list of inspiration - enjoy!
From Silicon Valley VC firm, Andreessen Horowitz, the a16z Podcast discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future - especially as ‘software eats the world’. It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world. Multiple episodes are released every week.
Recommended by a several ProductTankers, Accelerate digs into how measuring and improving how you deliver software is critical for high performing outcome driven product teams.
It s easier than ever to build a new product. But developing a great product that people actually want to buy and use is another story. Build Better Products is a hands-on, step-by-step guide that helps teams incorporate strategy, empathy, design, and analytics into their development process. You'll learn to develop products and features that improve your business's bottom line while dramatically improving customer experience.
IDEO founder and Stanford d.school creator David Kelley and his brother Tom Kelley, IDEO partner and the author of the bestselling The Art of Innovation, have written a powerful and compelling book on unleashing the creativity that lies within each and every one of us.
"Its a bit bigger than 'just' product, but it's an inspiring read and makes you think big." Martin White
"...changed the way I think about product and strategy." Rory Lynch
Built to Last, the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the very beginning.
But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?
"I feel like I should be on a commission I've recommended this book so often. Must read for all product leaders" Tokes
This timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times bestseller Rework (and founders of Basecamp) broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today.
"Another one that I really like is Lean Analytics by Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz. It provides a great data driven approach to product development and user engagement - before going too far without validation." Ramesh Naran
"Legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth—and how it can help any organization thrive." (from Amazon)
"A marvelous book… thought provoking and highly entertaining."
Jerome Groopman, New York Times bestselling author of How Doctors Think
"Ariely not only gives us a great read; he also makes us much wiser."
George Akerlof, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics
New York Times Book Review
Recommended as a great book for those focusing on the role of Product Owner
"Co-authored by Bruce McCarthy, a ProductTank guest and regular visitor to NZ! Product Roadmaps Relaunched takes the much maligned roadmap and shows us how it doesn't have to be a date driven, feature focused, over promise." Tokes
"Are you obnoxiously aggressive or ruinously empathetic? Not aimed only at product leaders, but any leader that wants to give, and receive, feedback effectively." Tokes
Many of these great posts are taken from the ideas presented in Inspired
“Sprint offers a transformative formula for testing ideas that works whether you’re at a startup or a large organization. Within five days, you’ll move from idea to prototype to decision, saving you and your team countless hours and countless dollars. A must read for entrepreneurs of all stripes.” —Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup
"This was like a really nice 101 book for the ones switching from other roles to product leadership." Shanshan Zhou
"I really liked this book - and I've seen talks by Dan that are always full of ideas and knowledge so check out his videos too." Tasneem Gould
TODAY’S LEADERS KNOW THAT SPEED and agility are the keys to any company’s success, and yet many are frustrated that their organizations can’t move fast enough to stay competitive. The typical chain of command is too slow; internal resources are too limited; people are already executing beyond normal expectations. As the pace accelerates, how do you inspire people’s energy and creativity? How do you collaborate with customers, vendors, and partners to keep your organization on the cutting edge? What kind of organization matches the speed and complexity that businesses must master—and how do you build that organization?
From the team at Mind the Product.
“Jennings has laid it out for you, Mr./Mrs. Corporate Executive. Now do you have the guts to implement what he says? This book is in the same class as Good to Great. I wish I had written it.” —Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment and The Art of the Start
"PMs are idea sellers and influencing is big part of our roles. I reckon this is a good book." Suhel Mangera
"Toyota Kata gets to the essence of how Toyota manages continuous improvement and human ingenuity, through its improvement kata and coaching kata. Mike Rother explains why typical companies fail to understand the core of lean and make limited progress―and what it takes to make it a real part of your culture."
―Jeffrey K. Liker, bestselling author of The Toyota Way
User story mapping is a valuable tool for software development, once you understand why and how to use it. This insightful book examines how this often misunderstood technique can help your team stay focused on users and their needs without getting lost in the enthusiasm for individual product features.