I’m assuming PMs already know how to PM and are trained in the art/science of product creation, so my recos are around behavioral/cognitive.
(not in order) 👇
Building s/w products is an inexact science comparable to medicine.
Though this practice can be taught, each product has its own mix of market, people, timing. Similar to doctors, Product Managers use expertise & a series of checklists.
Let’s keep in mind that Prod Mgrs job is 20% innovation and 80% orchestration of a creative process comprising of People, Product, and Market.
This book is a 101 on our biases, emotions, irrational behavior and logical decision making.
As Product Managers understanding people behavior, how our memory works, and how it influences decision making is a must.
Because now I tag limitations, label emotions (and mine too!) and give a raincheck to everybody involved.
This book taught me nuances of human interactions (w/o going into the why and its psych theory). This is a must for engineers that become PMs. Engineers hate interactions/small-talk and are bred around binary decision making vs multiple shades.
Skip if you have been a car salesman in your prev life before PM 😀
While Influence covers the application of foundational techniques of persuasion, this one covers conversations that are tough, heated and emotional. Provides examples that could get the job done w/o burning bridges.
This book taught me to not apologize for candid opinions, either to soften the blow now or cover up later. But present it by separating the person you r from the opinion you present