5 Library Must-Haves for a Product Manager

Can product managers borrow some ideas from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry? Yes they can, says Alex Attsik, Chief Product Officer of E-Contenta. Let's find out what else is there in his library.

1. “INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love” by Marty Kagan
A book helps you understand the basic principles: who is a product manager, what are his duties and responsibilities. The best introduction for newbies, although it may appear too simple for pros.

2. “ReWork” by David H. Hansson & Jason Fried
Everything you need to know about values, processes and organization. The book helps you figure out how to choose the best work mode for your team.

3. “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries
The book is all about product development frameworks. A message is that you have to carefully study every idea before putting it into practice. Thinking like a client is a way to create a useful product — that’s the truth you should never forget.

4. “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us” by Daniel Pink
The name speaks for itself. This book really makes it easier to understand what motivates employees, how to make sure their motivation doesn’t fade away and what are the methods to achieve it. Pink also suggests some new interesting solutions. Relevant for a product manager as a member of result-driven team.

5. “The Wisdom of the Sands” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
This work is quite seldom referred to as business literature. It’s a very extensive book and, moreover, the last one written by Exupéry. In terms of product management, it is about responsibility. Product manager is a team member responsible for the result — efficiency of the entire team depends on how well he knows it.