40 Best Books for Product Managers

With a full visual guide

Paweł Łubiarz
4 min readMar 27, 2022

How to land a job in Product Management? How to build products that customers love? How to boost your PM career? There is no one size fits all solution. Getting into Product Management has many paths, from being an engineer, through consulting to project management. Recently, universities started to offer degrees in that field, but it’s still a minority. It’s not straightforward how to get into it. When you’re in, what differentiates the best product leaders from others?

There are many unanswered questions for PMs and If any of this sounds familiar to you — I recommend you to read. Many of the most successful leaders shared their tips, so you don’t have to discover everything on your own. In this article, you can find books for every moment in your career with a handy visual map to easily find a cure for your most pressing problem.

A visual guide to Product Management

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Most gifted books by category

Product leadership

  • Product-Led Growth: How to Build a Product That Sells Itself by Wes Bush
  • Product Mindset by Product School
  • Ship It: Silicon Valley Product Managers Reveal All
    by Product School, Nathan Thomas, Gabriela Araujo, Roy Cobby
  • Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams by Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson and Nate Walkingshow


Building great products

  • Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  • Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall
  • Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
  • Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers by Russell Brunson

Building great companies

Mastering lean toolkit

  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  • Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky, Brad Kowitz
  • The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback by Dan Olsen
  • Product-Led Onboarding: How to Turn New Users Into Lifelong Customers by Ramli John, Wes Bush
  • Launch: The Roadmap to Product Management Success by Nathan Thomas, Roby Coby, Gabriela Araujo, Katya Evdokimova, Jorge Jiménez, Dan Zirkelbach

Mastering communication

Extending PM toolkit

Measuring results

Getting the right mindset

Getting a job as a Product Manager

Improving focus

What are the best books for Product Managers in your opinion? What is the one book which you would recommend to other PMs?



Paweł Łubiarz

Product Manager at Piwik PRO | MyLuggage Founder | Helping startups to kick-off their products