Product Management in Practice

A Real-World Guide to the Key Connective Role of the 21st Century

Matt Lemay

Publisher: O'Reilly, 2018, 171 pages

ISBN: 978-1-491-98227-3

Keywords: Product Management

Last modified: Feb. 6, 2021, 9:13 p.m.

Product management has become a critical connective role for modern organizations, from small technology startups to global corporate enterprises. And yet the day-to-day work of product managers remains largely misunderstood. In theory, product management is about building products that people love. The real-world practice of product management is often about difficult conversations, practical compromises, and hard-won incremental gains.

In this book, author Matt Lemay focuses on the CORE connective skills — communication, organization, research, execution — that can build a successful product management practice across industries, organizations, teams, and toolsets.

For current and aspiring product managers, this book explores:

  • On-the-ground tactics for facilitating collaboration and communication
  • How to talk to users and work with executives
  • The importance of setting clear and actionable goals
  • Using roadmaps to connect and align your team
  • A values-first approach to implementing Agile practices
  • Introduction
  1. The Practice of Product Management
  2. The CORE Connective Skills of Product Management
  3. Showing Up Curious
  4. The Worst Thing About "Best Practices"
  5. The Art of Egregious Overcommunication
  6. Working with Senior Stakeholders (Or, Throwing the Poker Game)
  7. Talking to Users (Or, "What's a Poker Game?")
  8. "Data, Take the Wheel!"
  9. Realistic Roadmaps and Painless Prioritization
  10. The Wonderful, Horrible Truth About Agile
  11. In Good Times and Bad
  12. Conclusion: Whatever It Takes
  1. A Reading List for Expanding Your Product Management Practice
  2. Articles and Blog Posts Cited in This Book


Product Management in Practice

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Decent ****** (6 out of 10)

Last modified: Feb. 20, 2021, 4:17 p.m.

I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately it didn't live up to them, even after a great start. It is in no way a bad book, I would rather rate it above average for book in the subject, as it explains some of the misconceptions of what it means of being a Product Management.


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