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What learning aids should i leverage as a Product Manager?

  • by Sanjeev Kulkarni
  • Product Knowledge

There are numerous learning aids available for Product Managers today. When I started my career in Product Management, there were very few.

There are many Product Management Experts whose books and blogs are popular. There are a lot of Agile Coaches who train participants on Scrum Product Ownership, and have popular blogs. But, I’m sure every Product Management aspirant and a practicing Product Manager would find the following resources useful:

  1. Agile Product management with Scrum - By Roman Pichler.

This book is available on Amazon for USD $39.95. The Kindle version is much cheaper.

2.  Strategize - By Roman Pichler

This book is available on Amazon for USD $19.95. The Kindle version is much cheaper.

3. The Scrum Guide: https://www.scrumguides.org/scrum-guide.html

4. Succeeding with Agile - Software Development Using Scrum - By Mike Cohn

This book is available on Amazon for USD $43.35. The Kindle version is much cheaper.

5. User Stories Applied - By Mike Cohn

This book is available on Amazon for USD $43.99. The Kindle version is much cheaper.

6. The Lean StartUp - By Eric Ries

This book is available on Amazon for USD $15.00. The Kindle version is much cheaper.

7. The Design of everyday things - By Don Norman

This book is available on Amazon for USD $12.00. The Kindle version is much cheaper.

Besides these books and the scrum guide, you may also want to enhance your learning by attending classroom training programs, webinars and participating in meetups aimed at Product Managers.

Learning is a journey and not a destination. Any amount of it will never be enough. Learning is also about putting to use what we have gathered in a class, or via a book or a blog.

The question that also gets asked very often is whether a certification will help me become a good Product Manager? Well, the short answer is ‘Just attending a 2 Day certification course, without really putting the knowledge gained to use is a waste of time’. It will not help you.

Becoming a great Product Manager takes time. It comes with practice - Doing the right things over and over again - will help accelerate the journey !

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