My Favorite Product Resources (WIP)
Mar 25, 2022
When I’m facing a new problem I like to spend a lot of energy thinking from first principles on how to solve the problem. Then I try to create an objective feedback loop to the best of my ability. This allows me to reality check my theories and see where my intuition led me astray.
I used to spend years in this phase. As I got older, after a few loops, I now go out and find “state of the art” or “best practice” books and articles to download someone’s lifetime of experience into my consideration set. I shamelessly quit after 1-2 chapters if the book is not relevant or low information density though.
If I like a book and can validate what’s in the book in 1-2 weeks of real world usage then I keep it around. If not, I try to purge my memory of the inapplicable advice or fake guru material.
Here are some of the materials that in combination with first principles thinking formulate my mental models.
- The Lean Product Playbook
- Continuous Discovery Habits (Summary)
- Design Sprint
- The Lean Startup
- The Startup Owner’s Manual
- Value Proposition Design
- Good Strategy, Bad Strategy (Summary)
- Business Model Canvas
- Crossing The Chasm
- Zero To One
- The Science of Growth
- Blue Ocean Strategy
- Product vs. Feature Teams (Follow-on FAQ)
- Product Triad
- Crucial Conversations
- Nonviolent Communication
- Tribal Leadership
- Immunity to Change
- Getting To Yes
- High Output Management
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things