The books that kept me turning the page

Since I straddle the worlds of User Expereince and Product Management and a UX Bookclub co-founder, I’m regularly asked for book recommendations. There are a lot of great books in both disciplines, but these are the ones I'd consider essential reading for your PM/UX bookshelf.

Product Management & UX

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

This book has taken the best of design thinking and lean methods and have synthesized them into a 5-day process.

It's not a one-size-fits-all solution, but it's a great way to get your started or just unstuck.

Product Management

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Full of unique, practical insights. It reads well linearly, but also allows you to read chapters in the order they interest you most, making key takeaways accessible to review and share.

It’s short enough to finish in a week, and deep enough to cover the entire lifecycle of a company.

Product Management & UX

Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation<

Good ideas, well told. Johnson teases out from science history and from natural history, seven "patterns" in which new ideas are formed. Johnson backs up with examples each of the seven groups in his taxonomy of the origins of ideas.

Product Management & UX

Content Inc.: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses

Content is king is such an overused mantra that nobody really hears it's meaning. This book gets to the meat of the power of content and the packed with repeatable examples. The delivery is a little over the top, but it you can stick with it, there's a lot of tasty information.

Professional Survival Guide

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

If you life swearing and getting though the next phase of your career, this book is for you. As a designer/make one can often give too many fucks. This books guides you how to pick your battles and not to dwell too much on the small stuff.

Product Management

Launch: An Internet Millionaire's Secret Formula To Sell Almost Anything Online, Build A Business You Love, And Live The Life Of Your Dreams

Trust me, this online millionaire stuff comes across as a little more than "scammy". But if you can suppress your initial gag reflex, there are some nuggets of gold. I've work with more than one company that was full of ideas, but no ability to get it to market. Jeff Walker may not be aware of lean methodologies, but he's one of the most skillful practicioners I've encountered.

Product Management

Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth

This could be a founders book for startup founders on how to find customers. This book is at the intersection of lean methodologies, customer development, and content marketing. I’ve never encountered a resources that gives a comprehensive overview of each of them.

Professional Survival Guide

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

From the author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable, Patrick Lencioni weaves a comprehensive approach to improving organizational health. He defines health as minimal politics, low confusion, strong morale, high productivity and very low turnover. Every organization I've work with struggle with at least one of theses issues. This is a superb book to diagnose and treat what ails you.

Product Management

Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

"Scaling Lean" gives you a framework to measure progress and success and how to communicate with the team and investors: it's not about revenue - it's about traction! Simply great for startups, intrapreneurs, and product managers.

Product Management

The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback

The book is a combination of Lean Product process, UX Design, Agile Development, and Analytics, which truly covers everything you need to know to build great products that customers will love. One of the key ideas of the book revolves around Product-Market fit and how to achieve it. The steps are clear and concise, and the examples are easy to understand.