What Every Product Manager Must Read

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The list author says: "This list contains a list of must read books for every Product Manager. It includes topics covering design, product management, agile, and presentations. These are books I have read and recommend, this is not a list of catch-all books on the subject of Product Management like other lists."
Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works (Lean Series)
1.  Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works (Lean Series) by Ash Maurya
The list author says:
  "The best book you will currently find on how to actually "do" lean startup."
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Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love
2.  Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan
The list author says:
  "This is my new all-time favorite product management book.  This book is one of the most pragmatic and to-the-point books on the topic.  I would make this required reading for all new product managers and ANY start-up.  This book gives the reader the core tools to build a new product/service."
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Designing for Interaction: Creating Innovative Applications and Devices (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter)
3.  Designing for Interaction: Creating Innovative Applications and Devices (2nd Edition) (Voices That Matter) by Dan Saffer
The list author says:
  "I great simple overview of the processes of interaction design."
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Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services
4.  Designing for the Digital Age: How to Create Human-Centered Products and Services by Kim Goodwin
The list author says:
  "Absolute MUST HAVE for any product manager.  This covers a complete interaction design process for products and services.  If you think Interaction Design is about the UI, then you are way off the mark.  Interaction Design is about building the behavior of a product or service utilizing research, business validation, modeling, design requirements, and much more."
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100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (Voices That Matter)
5.  100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (Voices That Matter) by Susan M. Weinschenk
The list author says:
  "Another great guide to using psychology and neuroscience to build better products for people."
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The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm
6.  The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America's Leading Design Firm by Tom Kelley
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  "Excellent introduction into design thinking from a world renowned design firm."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

Universal Principles of Design
7.  Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell
The list author says:
  "I know Product Managers are not designers.  But I would argue that they need to change and learn more about design to build better products and services.  Design oriented companies are the emerging trend--focusing purely on market analysis is slowly becoming obsolete."
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Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences (Voices That Matter)
8.  Seductive Interaction Design: Creating Playful, Fun, and Effective User Experiences (Voices That Matter) by Stephen P. Anderson
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  "Psychology based interaction design principles."
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Rework
9.  Rework by David Heinemeier Hansson
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  "Learn how to be a little more pragmatic from a successful startup."
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Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World: Adaptive Path on Design
10.  Subject To Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World: Adaptive Path on Design by David Verba
The list author says:
  "This book informs the reader why the User Experience is important and becoming one of the key criteria for a successful product/service."
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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Product Manager's Desk Reference
11.  The Product Manager's Desk Reference by Steven Haines
The list author says:
  "There are a lot of worthless Product Management books out there.  This is by far the best all inclusive books on the topic."
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User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development
12.  User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development by Mike Cohn
The list author says:
  "One of the most readable books I have ever read.  It covers the topic of user stories and agile principles extremely well.  This is probably the only book a product manager would need on agile development."
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The Designful Company: How to build a culture of nonstop innovation
13.  The Designful Company: How to build a culture of nonstop innovation by Marty Neumeier
The list author says:
  "Design Thinking is an emerging trend that involves companies building products and services that are better designed for the consumer and company brand.  Design oriented companies outperformed their counterparts and most major stock indexes."
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The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Defeating the Devil's Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization
14.  The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Defeating the Devil's Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization by Jonathan Littman
The list author says:
  "Covers the different personality types that are needed to innovate."
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slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations
15.  slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations by Nancy Duarte
The list author says:
  "One of the two BEST BOOKS on presentations and overall design principles.  If you do any presentations and are using lots of bullet points with lots of words--then your presentations are terrible.  A good presentation could literally mean the difference between success and failure--stop compromising."
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Six Thinking Hats
16.  Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono
The list author says:
  "STOP the madness of non-consensual meetings.  This is the ultimate guide to running meetings and brainstorming sessions that don't end in disagreement."
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Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
17.  Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath
The list author says:
  "In the end your product and brand are only as good as your story."
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Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, 20th Anniversary Edition
18.  Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind, 20th Anniversary Edition by Al Ries
The list author says:
  "Classic, must have on product positioning."
$18.46   Used & New from: $3.96
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)

Agile Estimating and Planning
19.  Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn
The list author says:
  "One of the hardest parts of agile development is communicating schedules to other stakeholders.  It could be argued if that is really needed when everyone has complete visibility into the development process, however this book covers how to estimate agile development."
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Last updated: 7/12/12
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