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It has a lot of overlap with "Inspired" and very few additional insights
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2020
I love the first book "Inspired" and that's why I bought this book. But I am disappointed at how much overlap there is between these two books. And there is too much repetition in this book talking about how important it is to have empowered product teams. What I found helpful could have been covered in perhaps 80 pages instead of the 400 pages the book has. Here is my take on each section of the book, and I hope this is helpful to you.
Part I Lessons from top tech companies
- Nothing concrete in this section
Part II Coaching
- It mostly talks about the importance of the various aspects of coaching, but in terms of how to become better at each one of them, I got very little out of this book. You are much better off reading "High Output Management" instead.
Part III Staffing
- Nothing new here, if you have read a book on how to hire and develop employees (again better off reading "High Output Management."
Part IV Product Vision and Principles
- This one talks about how important it is to create a product vision and using visiontype is a good one to do that (again, nothing concrete)
Part V Team Topology
- How to structure product teams. If you've read "Inspired", this is pretty much a repeat or revision of what you already know.
Part VI Product Strategy
- The key takeaway here is that product strategy should be focused, driven by insights and composed of key problems to solve to achieve the business goals. It doesn't tell you how to come up with product strategy btw.
Part VII Team objectives
- The key takeaway here is that objectives are key problems to solve, and the product leaders are supposed to allocate these objectives across the different product teams (it should be done through conversations with the product teams of course). And the product teams are supposed to come up with the key results, not the product leaders.
Part VII Case Study
- This is probably the most interesting part of this book. It's also interesting for me personally because I am 99% certain about the name of the jobs marketplace company that's featured here (I have worked in this space).
Part IX and Part X
- Repeat of what's mentioned in earlier parts of this book as well as "Inspired"