Top critical review
Not the book the product world needs right now
November 13, 2018
Super disappointed in this book as it says mostly the right things about how product teams should be run and business leaders should consider tech. But as a Product Manager, and someone working in Big Tech, this book added nothing to my knowledge base. It simply restates anecdotes from the product world with uncritical, sounds good, consultant speak which does our craft a disservice.
Source material is light - Open back to the bibliography and you'll find the source material for this book to be a series of news articles, blog posts, and a top 5 tech/product book list. There is little meat to the sources used. If you're looking for a book that will stand scrutiny of a disbelieving boss, this is not it. Similarly, if you are struggling with an element of the product craft and was hoping these authors tore apart the literature to tackle and define a difficult controversy, again you'll be disappointed.
Writing is so formulaic it'll bore you to tears - Listen, it's not the authors fault. Most business books follow the same formula. But this one was just more painful than most. Intro paragraph + statement paragraph + heroic story from a successful tech company. And then repeat over and over for 220 pages. This is how collaborative authors work! And we readers deserve this if we don't stand up and write bad reviews about it.
+ 1 star for being mostly right - At the end of the day, what these authors say isn't wrong. You can go to your product manager boss, and hopefully they'll inspire you with the same direction. But for 6 hours and 220 pages, there are better ways to understand the material that's contained in this book.