There's so many books out there now I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites and some of the newer ones that may not be referenced in other blogs and courses yet. Also, I have a passion for books that talk about the agile mindset, without talking about Agile. So if you have a good suggestion, please pass it on!
Read if you want to know more about the the crux of how to build useful products, the career of Product Management, and even some Product Mgt Org Design - like the different roles and responsibilities in a product organization. Make sure you get the updated 2nd version of Inspired, as Cagan has refreshed it and brought in more references to working with teams.
Learn the art of persuasion from an FBI Hostage negotiator. Never Split the Difference pairs well with Extraordinary Influence by Dr. Tim Irwin who writes how great leaders bring out the best in others - even if they don't report to you. A great duo for both Scrum Masters and Product Owners working on their Persuasive Stance.
A pragmatic approach to Scrum Product Ownership in the unique coaching style of Bob Galen. Bob is a thought leader, a coaches' coach, and an inspiring practitioner in the agile space. This book is a solid tool for the Product Owner as Bob presents selections from many different frameworks in one resource.
Read to learn more about the role of Scrum Master. What I love about Scrum Mastery is that Watts presents scenarios describing how a good Scrum Master would respond to a situation, and then how a GREAT Scrum Master would respond. If you are like me and do not feel you are as verbally fluent as you want to be, this is a great aid to practice different ways of addressing difficult scenarios. Pairs well with his Product Mastery book.
I am really excited to learn from two great Scrum Masters on the art of Fixing Your Scrum. Written by Ryan Ripley, host of the popular Podcast AgileforHumans and Todd Miller, a trainer with a developer background. Together they offer a perspective from a unique blend of experiences from practitioner to leader. Pairs well with the Professional Product Owner, reviewed on this page.
Read if you are an analyst or Product person working in an environment that needs more clarity around product discovery and requirements. Discover to Deliver highlights Ellen's 7 Product Dimensions. I've found this really helpful particularly working with data and analytics or back-end products. Pairs really well with Story Mapping by Jeff Patton, my go-to technique for user products and product discovery.
Roman Pichler - a prolific writer and contributor in the product space who offers free canvas templates and how-to videos. Plus several great books to his name.
ProductTalk by Theresa Torres Theresa has been writing and talking a lot about her Product Discovery techniques. She also offers unique workshops and training in this fairly niche slice of Product Management.