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What's on your bookshelf?


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!

2020 Bookshelf

Inspired by Marty Cagan

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.

Decisive by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

Read when you are sick of reading about agile frameworks and want to get to the heart of human behavior and why we do what we do. Relates well to Design Thinking and ideation. Decisive pairs well with 101 Design Methods by Vijay Kumar, a how-to for design thinking exercises.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

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.

Scrum Product Ownership by Robert Galan

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.

The Professional Product Owner by Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham

Read if you want to learn more about the role of the Product Owner in Scrum. Written by the stewards of the Scrum.org Professional  Product Owner course. The Professional Scrum Product Owner Pairs well with Fixing your Scrum, reviewed on this page.

Scrum Mastery by Geoff Watts

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.

Fixing your Scrum by Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley

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. 

Discover to Deliver by Ellen Gottesdiener

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. 

Favorite Podcasts & Blogs


How I Built This with Guy Raz

The Agile Wire with Jeff Maleski and Jeff Bubolz

Agile for Humans with Ryan Ripley


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.