Q4 2022 book club suggestions? Share them here

  • 17 September 2022
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Hey everyone,

It’s time to choose our next book to read together over Q4 2022. This is usually a busy time of year as people work on their annual product plans and strategy, so we’d like to aim for something valuable as well as easy to get through.

There's lots of book options, so comment below with your suggestions. We’ll pick the three most popular and will share a poll where you can vote for the winner.

Looking forward to hearing your suggested reads 📚

 


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Selfishly i’ve just started Teresa Torres’s ‘Continuous Discovery Habits’ 😀

Would also love to see some non-product books in here at some point. e.g. Rene Redzepi’s ‘A Work in Progress’ is a great lesson in the level of obsession you need to create a truly great product. 

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A few things sitting around on my bookshelf that have been helpful:

  • The Crux, Rumelt // another strategy classic
  • Advice for a Young Investigator, Cajal // the general process of finding problems and developing hypotheses
  • Competing Against Luck, Christensen // even if you’ve read it before, it’s worth a refresher
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Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations

One of the recommended books for the Argus leadership team, so I’ve got to get cracking on it in any case :-) Would welcome your thoughts. 

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Nice mixed bag of suggestions so far. Thanks @Shane Lennox @plainclothes @GurningBadger for sharing. 

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I would suggest Todd Olsen CEO of Pendo book “The Product-Led Organization” 

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I’ve read and enjoyed and gotten a lot of value from Melissa Perri’s “Escaping the Build Trap” and the chapters are short and digestible.

Something that’s on my desk that I haven’t gotten to yet is “HBR’s Guide to Managing Up and Across” since so much of the role is influence. It’s short essays, so it might generate some interesting discussion, though I can’t recommend it as a ‘must read’ yet :) 

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Great to see a lot of other folks sharing many of the same titles that are on my list 😃.

I am currently listening to Continuous Discovery Habits by Teresa Torres on audiobook. Also slowly making my way through Principles by Ray Dalio.  
 

Other books on my list are:

Escaping the Build Trap - Melissa Perri

Decisive - Chip & Dan Heath

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I have been looking for a reason to read: ‘Product management in Practice’ by Matt Lemay

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Great suggestions everyone! 

A product leader at my company has selected Loved - How to Rethink Marketing for Tech Products for our internal book club. I haven't read it yet. Interested to see if others have and your thoughts. 

Hoping I can manage 2 book clubs at the same time. Not sure. 🤣

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Another vote for Teresa Torres’s ‘Continuous Discovery Habits.

And, Good Strategy, Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt

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I have purchased so many books on Product Management, Design, and Leadership. 

So far I have completed the following:

Inspired and Empowered by Marty Cagan

Continuous Discovery Habits by Teresa Torres

Cracking the PM Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell and Jackie Bavaro

I am currently reading Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman - this would be my suggestion for the next book club title because it is taking me way too long to get through the content. It could be due to extremely long chapters and the fact that Mr. Norman was an Engineer turned Psychologist. I’m not really sure, but I really should have been done by now. 

I’m selfishly requesting that to be an upcoming book as it will force me to finally finish it and move on to one of my unread dozen or so titles still left in my library!

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Great suggestions folks, keep ‘em coming! We have a poll up next week for our next pick.

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I would suggest Todd Olsen CEO of Pendo book “The Product-Led Organization” 

I might add this one to my reading list

Good Strategy, Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt

Escaping the Build Trap, by Melissa Perri

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The first time I read Teresa Torres’s Continuous Discovery Habits, it was also with a book club. Now I’m using her advice on a regular basis, so I would suggest her book for the next book club because I would love to discuss it in a bigger group.

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So many great suggestions! 

I would actually like to back up @evabea’s comment about Cracking the PM Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell and Jackie Bavaro. 
I still believe this is the book that prepared and helped me get a job in Product. I’d love to revisit it. :) 

And another suggestion from me: The Product Samurai: A Product Manager’s Guide to Continuous Innovation, by Chris Lukassen

It is a relatively new book, published in 2019. It had some great reviews on the Internet, so I decided to buy it. I have not read it yet, but it would be fun to discuss it with our Book club! 

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I’d forgotten about @mattwallaert’s Start at the End until I read @scott.baldwin’s event recap. A book club would be a great excuse to add it to my bookshelf 😁

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I also have Continuous Discovery Habits on my desk right now. So, this would be a good pick for me. 

But other books mentioned here are also on my reading list

  • Good Strategy Bad Strategy
  • Design of Everyday Things
  • Cracking the PM Interview

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