This book is divided into three parts: Principles, Product Development, and Getting the Job. Let's dive into each:
The "principles" covered in this book are things that are just common sense. They literally include things like "take ownership" and "be honest with yourself." I also felt that the scenarios depicted in this book are very idealistic and not practical in a real-world setting. Anyone who has even one year of product experience will easily poke holes in much of the context. The examples shared are optimized for trying to boost the author's achievements and experiences, but don't actually teach you applicable knowledge for the workforce.
The product development section shared in this book is a combination of common sense things any undergrad interested in PM would know and hand-wavy at best practices (ex. try to communicate effectively). The only insights which are remotely tangible are extremely tailored to Amazon and Facebook, and not generally applicable at other similar companies like Google or Microsoft.
And finally, there's a "getting the job" section which is nearly a straight copy and paste from the first three links you find when you google "product manager interview prep."
Overall, I did end up reading the book cover to cover to give it a fair shot. It definitely wasn't terrible. There were some fun anecdotes in there which I actually enjoyed. It's just once I finished the book, there wasn't really any material knowledge or insight I felt I gained from reading it. This book feels as if a product manager read Ray Dalio's book and then decided to write his own version over the course of merely a three-day weekend.
- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: Independently Published (1 January 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1654187232
- ISBN-13: 978-1654187231
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 331 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)