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What are the best product management guides?

by Mike Fishbein
April 27, 2015

The field of product management is constantly evolving, making it ever more difficult to stay ahead of the curve. There’s more than a few ‘Definitive Product Management Guides’ and the like, so I figured it might be good to curate the curators and compile a master list of lists.

General resources

I Love Product Management
by Paul Cothenet

A collection of the best blog posts about different aspects of product management, ranging from beginner to advanced. This is an extremely comprehensive post that is most certainly bookmark-worthy.

54 Articles and Books that will Make you a Great Product Manager
by Noah Weiss

Noah Weiss, VP of Product at Foursquare, sums it up: “From Horowitz to Christensen to Graham to Spolsky and more, a collection of the best articles and books from the best product leaders.” This resource contains some essential books and articles along with some personal picks.

Resources for Product Managers
by Jason Shah

According to the author, this article provides “useful resources for prospective and current PMs. Some are for novices, some for experts.” This resources contains some must-read blogs and individual posts.

Glossary of product management acronyms and jargon
by Alpha

As the field of digital product management continues to rapidly evolve, so do the words and phrases used by its practitioners. This is a guide to help navigate the jargon.

The best books for product managers
by Alpha

Product management is grounded in learning, so it makes sense that reading is a critical aspect of keeping up with trends. This list contains nearly 20 of the best.

The best email newsletters for product managers
by Alpha

If a weekly cadence for learning is your thing, then you’ll want to subscribe to these newsletters that rain expert resources on your inbox frequently.

The guide to conferences and events for product teams
by Nis Frome

In the last couple years we’ve seen an emergence of some really high-quality ones you can’t miss. This blog post is a compilation of industry agnostic conferences, meetups, and bootcamps.

Manuals

These are the explicit ‘all-encompassing’ guides compiled by thought leaders across product management.

Product Management Field Guide: Best Practices for Getting Started
by Nicolas Martin

A thorough collection of best practices from product managers currently in the field. If you’re looking to earn your stripes, this guide is definitely worth the read.

The one-stop product management guide
by Digital Friday

Here lies a tactical and effective overview of managing products through their entire lifecycle that dives into the nitty-gritty of it all. This article is a must read for those who love a one-stop shop for product lifecycle tactics.

A hitchhiker’s guide to product management
by Cognitio

For those of you who are new to product management, this is the perfect guide to brush up on tactics while getting a comprehensive list of product management resources.

Podcasts

For commuters or anyone who prefers content in audio format, like I do, there are some great new podcasts out there for product managers.

Podcast Gift

Discovering great new podcasts is not always easy. That’s why Podcast Gift provides “weekly curation of the best podcasts in business, design and tech. Handpicked for quality by a panel of podcast enthusiasts.“

8 Insightful Podcasts for Product Managers
via Mind the Product

This article shares 8 podcasts that are relevant to product managers. Some are specifically focused on product management, others on technology and business broadly.

Tools

Product managers are almost by definition obsessed with efficiency. The below resources can help you find the tools and services that will save you time and make life easier.

The Product Team’s Guide to Prototyping and User Research Solution
via Alpha

Product Management Collection
via Product Hunt

Tools for Product Managers
via Product Hunt

What are the essential software tools for a product manager?
via Quora

People

Twitter can be a great way to meet and engage with some of the most accomplished product managers in the world, as well as discover great product management related content.

Product Management: Year in Review
via Alpha

9 Product Managers You Should Follow On Twitter
via FullContact

This tightly curated list includes some of the most prolific tweeters who commonly discuss product management.

50 Product Managers In Twitter That Are Worth A Follow
via Webproductblog

Here you can find a list of people who have some product management experience and tweet primarily about product management.

Blogs

Some great product managers have been kind of enough to blog about their experiences and learnings on the job.

37 Great Product Management Blogs
by Matt Anderson

This list contains personal blogs written by product managers as well as a few product management focused publications.

What are the must read blogs for product managers?
via Quora

The “answer wiki” of this fantastic Quora thread provides a fairly comprehensive list of the most popular blogs related to product management.

Mike Fishbein

Mike is the Host and Producer of This is Product Management, Alpha’s podcast, and the Editor of Product Management Insider, Alpha’s Medium publication.