Top positive review
A useful primer on Product Management with a major caveat
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2020
Comprehensive and thoughtful, this is a worthwhile read, especially for folks new to Product Management.
For experienced or well-read PMs, this book would more likely be a convenient way to refresh on key concepts. In other words, it may offer a few new insights but it likely won’t transform the way you think about Product Management. (Off the top of my head, some books that were gamechangers for me are Competing Against Luck, Don’t Make Me Think, Sprint, and Monetizing Innovation.)
I’m rating the book 4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons.
First, I wish a Kindle version of the book were available. According to one of the authors, Amazon’s incentive structure made it infeasible to offer a Kindle version at a fair price. So, while I don’t fault the authors for this gap, it still resulted in a slightly less convenient experience than getting a Kindle book on-demand.
Second, it’s not clear to me how trustworthy the reviews are. In the conclusion of the book, the authors mention they’ve created a $79 interview-strategy ebook. They offer to give it for free, conditional upon writing an Amazon review.
Specifically, they state: “If you share what you liked about Product Management’s Sacred Seven in an Amazon review, we’ll send you a free copy of this normally-$79 interview strategy ebook.”
I spoke with one of the authors, and they plan to update the language of this offer in the next version of the book to minimize bias in reviews.
I appreciate their responsiveness to my call out. At the same time, when I first purchased the book, I wish I had known that some of the reviews may have been biased.
All in all, the book is useful and informative, and I would recommend it, especially for anyone considering a career in Product Management. For what it’s worth, I’ve been sufficiently impressed by the book that part of my motivation in writing this review is to receive a copy of the authors’ interview e-book.