Excellent tools, books, templates, and articles for learning product management and building your team.
My own tools
Build a complete strategy by aligning the financials and business outcomes to the drivers for your product including customer satisfaction, internal teams, and product maturity
Product Manager Assessmen
Checlist of Product Manager functions to evaluate coaching and learning opportunites for product managers. A complet list of tasks and outcomes.
SAAS Business Case Financials
Template for building out a financial plan for you product including projections, costs, gross margin and ROI over time.
Recommended reading for any product manager to learn the craft
A great text by Eric Ries on how to apply lean principles and iterative development to the discovery process. If you only read one book, read this one as it will save you a lot of time on waterfall development and introduce the concept of build , measure, learn with minimum viable products (MVP).
A unique business book, this work of fiction by Eliyaho Goldratt introduces lean concepts and the theory of constraints for management. While the book's protagonist is managing a manufacturing plant, many of the lean and agile processes for software development got started with manufacturing, so it's easy to transfer. Even more critically, most product managers can empathise with the main character who is overworked and chasing the wrong metrics to begin the book.
Also not a book directly about product managers, but it's important for product managers to consider behaviours, not just user needs, when developing products and pricing them for the market. Nobel prize winner Daniel Kahneman reveals the unique behaviours of people over the course of his career as a behaviour economics professor..
Have you ever pushed on a door only to find out you need to pull it open? Don't feel bad, it's not your fault, it's the designers fault. Don Norman's classic breaks down the design of everyday objects to think about their function and how to make their use intuitive. Every product designer should strive to keep these concepts in mind when building products.