A short list of some of the books that have shaped my
product management mindset.
"You need to try to do the impossible, to anticipate the unexpected. And when the unexpected happens, you should double your efforts to make order from the disorder it creates in your life. The motto I'm advocating is, 'Let chaos reign. Then rein in chaos.'"
Andrew S. Grove, High Output Management
"It begins with this idea: Your company is a product. Yes, the things you make are products (or services), but your company is the thing that makes those things. That’s why your company should be your best product."
- Jason Fried, It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work
"Changing the destructive things you say to yourself when you experience the setbacks that life deals all of us is the central skill of optimism."
- Martin E. P. Seligman, Learned Optimism
"Anyone who has sat on a big committee with lots of experts knows the feeling when people around the table display their expertise by mentioning one complication after another, admiring the dimensions of the problem in an ever-deepening discussion that cries out for some modicum of simplicity so that there can be action."
- Pete Buttigieg, The Shortest Way Home
"Don’t wait for things to be perfect before you share them with others. Show early and show often. It’ll be pretty when we get there, but it won’t be pretty along the way."
- Ed Catmull, Creativity Inc.
"I remember my three primary emotions navigating the choppy waters of my new role: fear, doubt and am I crazy for feeling this way? Everyone around me seemed to be doing just fine. Everyone else made it look easy."
- Julie Zhuo, The Making of a Manager
"The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you. There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed."
-Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance