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I have 15 years of consumer digital PM experience. I've been waiting for a book like this since the start of my career. It's an encyclopedic guide to software product management from one of the industry's leading practitioners. I particularly appreciated half the book devoted to leadership development topics, which is particularly hard information to come by, esp. from such an authority. Jackie Bavaro is a rockstar.
This book is very long, I can't remember if I ever read longer book. But every page is useful and I learned so much.
I know books of 200 or 300 pages which could be compressed in one chapter and everything else is there just to fill the space and make the book bigger. But in this book there is no useless part. The book is written by someone who knows the craft. Thank you Jackie and Gayle for sharing your knowledge.
One of the best PM books on the market. Thorough and worth the entire read. If you’re pressed for time and can’t read the entire book they guide you on which sections to skip to. Jackie and Gayle does an excellent job of describing the day to day as a PM, the tools you’ll need, methodologies to learn, and even how to understand the professionals you’ll work with every day.
By the end of it you’ll feel sharpened and know exactly what to do to sharpen your game. 500+ pages later I’m still highlighting. Excellent book! 📖🤓
This is by far the best, most comprehensive resource on what the product management job is and how to be successful as a PM that I've seen. The best part? It's not just for entry-level product managers. Each section has advice and examples for what good looks like at more senior levels as well as what the basic skills are. I manage a team of PMs and managers of PMs, and I'm recommending this book to all of them!
I transitioned from software engineer to product management role 1+ year ago. Though I had a gut feeling that I fit better in product teams as I always love to look at the product from birds eye view and plan projects for product and drive them instead of just code them, I found this book extremely helpful on the mindset that needs to be shifted, and understand the skill sets that might be needed and improved systematically. Highly recommended.
As someone who has been a Product Manager for 15 years across Google, Foursquare, and Slack, my reaction when reading Cracking the PM Career was an audible, "Finally!" Someone finally wrote the best resource for not only navigating the PM career path, but building all the necessary skills to be a great product leader at every stage of one's career.
I'm often asked for recommendations on what's the best single thing to read as a resource for developing into a world-class PM, and now I finally have the perfect answer.
I loved Jackie Bavaro’s helpful insights around the real struggles of the PM job. I appreciate the plot to go from execution to strategic thinker to people and operational leader. I also appreciate the real life interviews with PM’s sharing their own stories. I find these insights incredibly helpful as I progress through my career. Thanks for the great book.
This book has been called the "Bible of PM" and I couldn't agree more. While other PM books are either tailored to a general audience or specialized only for interview prep, this book offers both an enjoyable background into how famous products are designed and intersperses critical tactics for interview success.
This isn't just a superficial overview of the role of PM. This is a deeply-researched and easy-to-understand dive into the full reality of the PM role, exploring every key skill through examples, stories, and case studies. If you're trying to become a better PM, read this book.