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 practical practices 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.
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.
This book tackles the fundamental problem in software - building the wrong thing. It does so by focusing on valuable outcomes and gives insight, ideas and methods to help the reader. It has the great virtue of being short with each chapter building on the previous to give you a richer understanding of what product management means and why organisations need to put it front and centre. Like Wodtke's 'Radical Focus' and Goldratt's 'The Goal' is uses narrative and story to great effect. I bought it for myself and then bought another copy for a colleague. Recommended.