Excellent book—easy to read, with just the right (for me) mix of clear and concise explanations, humour, and illustrative anecdotes.
It's short enough to read in a few hours, but can introduce you to many concepts and practicalpractices worth further reading.
Covers the benefits of product led organisations, and how to create alignment around mission, vision, goals, strategy, as well as how to iterate & experiment towards success at all levels. In contrast to top-down edicts, elaborate plans, locked down budgets & immutable roadmaps.
Worth a read for anyone from those considering a move into product management, to software engineers who want to deliver value, to executives who want to be successful.
Even if the content and concepts aren't new to you, it's likely to be an inspiring reminder of what good looks like.
This book is absolutely hands down the best practical product management book out there right now. Rather than simply preach the theory like many other books it also gives a number of practical steps, examples and frameworks on the modern outcome focused practice of product management and helps set the benchmark by which product managers should be aiming to work. I had been battling with the theories taught by Marty Cagan, Jeff gothelf et al and how to pratically apply them but more so how to articulate in a practical way to my teams.
I work in a large scale 10k plus organisation with large scale nationally important products. I have already shared and bought this book for other product managers struggling with what good modern product management looks like and as a guide on the best practice.
I thank Melissa for writing such an easy to follow book with the right mix of theory and craft with practical frameworks to help.
Must read for anyone getting to grips with product management in 2019.
I've seen Melissa talk about this topic at conferences so was eager to see how she pulled this material together in a book. I liked how it assumed you knew nothing about product development, agile, or service design, but dropped the relevant parts in as you needed to know about them. The moving back and forth from the theory and practice to the ongoing fictional scenario showing how the ideas were used for the company was really useful too. These aspects of the book are why I recommended that my students get a copy of this book. You should get one too if you're thinking of (or indeed have) started a company, or are a product owner at a software company.
I really enjoyed the book, and I would recommend picking it up. My only complaint is perhaps that I wish that the fourth and fifth parts were a bit longer and went deeper into the techniques and practices of product-led organizations. I almost wish I could have a companion book, in the same way, that the The Phoenix Project was later complemented by The DevOps Handbook. Overall, it is worth a read for anyone who is stepping into the product world or wants to learn about new ways to help their team or organization to achieve more.
Perri’s take on product management has left me excited and motivated to put her ideas into practice. The book is well structured and I will fall back on and share with my team and peers. Highly recommended to anyone working in product, regardless of their seniority.
This is the best book for helping you understand how a product management team should be built, and how to ensure that the team is able to have the right discussions with company stakeholders to build effective products that deliver customer value. Start with this book before reading any other product management or development methodology books, so that you can ground yourself in essential practices.