- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA; 1 edition (21 November 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1491982276
- ISBN-13: 978-1491982273
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About the Author
Matt LeMay is a product management coach and consultant. He has helped build and scale product management practices at companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 enterprises. Matt was selected as a Top 50 Product Management influencer by the PM Year in Review for both 2015 and 2016.
Matt is cofounder and partner at Sudden Compass, a consultancy that helps organizations take a cross-functional and customer-centric approach to working with data. In his work as a technology communicator, Matt has developed and led digital transformation and data strategy workshops for companies like GE, American Express, Pfizer, McCann, and Johnson & Johnson.
Previously, Matt worked as Senior Product Manager at music startup Songza (acquired by Google), and Head of Consumer Product at Bitly. Matt is also a musician, recording engineer, and the author of a book about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Joan and their turtle Sheldon. You can find more of his work online at mattlemay.com.
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Who This Book Is For
Product management is the glue of modern organizations—the role that connects user needs with business goals, technical viability with user experience, and vision with execution. The connective nature of product management means that the role will look very different depending on the people, perspectives, and roles that you are connecting.
To that end, even defining what is and is not 'product management' can prove infuriatingly nonlinear. For the purposes of this book, 'product management' refers to the entire nexus of product and product-adjacent connective roles—which might be 'product manager,' 'product owner,' 'program manager,' 'project manager,' or even 'business analyst,' depending on where you work. For some organizations, a 'product manager' is the person responsible for defining a product’s strategic vision, whereas a 'product owner' oversees day-to-day tactics. For some organizations, the exact opposite is true. I worked with one organization in which a team of 'business analysts' woke up to find themselves magically transformed into 'product managers' by executive fiat, with no clear sense of how their day-to-day responsibilities had changed, or why.
Titles, like software tools and product development methodologies, are one way to provide some kind of structure and certainty to a role that offers precious little of either. Successful product management is much less a question of titles, tools, or processes than it is of practice. I use this word the same way one might refer to a yoga practice or a meditation practice—it is something that is built up with time and experience, and cannot be learned from frameworks and instructions alone.
This book is for anybody who wants to develop their practice of product management. That could be somebody with a 'product manager' or 'product owner' or 'program manager' title. It could be a startup founder struggling to connect the fast-moving pieces of their fledgling company. It could be a software developer who is feeling isolated from the user-facing impact of their work. Long story short, if you are in a role in which you are making connections between and across people and roles, I think and hope that there will be something for you in this book.
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I think this is one of those few books that I want to read several times, I cannot stress enough how reading it helped me as a starting product manager in ways that no other article or book could.
Full of great practical advice with everyday insights that get to the muscle of product management , rather than the bones of it.
I wish there were many more books written like this. Unlike most business books that are either too dry or that belabor concepts with repetition, run-on stories and too many examples, Matt LeMay shares his experience as though he is sitting across the table and speaking to you, not assuming you know something while respecting that you are intelligent enough to get it once he has said it, and shares one short story to exemplify it. What he shares is a lot of valuable advice and insight.
A great book. Really great.