Product Management in Practice: A Practical, Tactical Guide for Your First Day and Every Day After, 2nd Edition

  • 10h 11m 29s
  • Matt LeMay
  • Gildan Media
  • 2023

Product management has become a critical function for modern organizations, from small startups to corporate enterprises. And yet, the day-to-day work of product management remains largely misunderstood. In theory, product managers are high-flying visionaries who build products that people love. In practice, they're hard-working facilitators who bring clarity and focus to their teams.

In this thoroughly revised and expanded edition, Matt LeMay provides real-world guidance for current and aspiring product managers. Updated for the era of remote and hybrid work, this book provides actionable answers to product management's most persistent and confounding questions, starting with: What exactly am I supposed to do all day?

With this book, you'll learn what the day-to-day work of product management entails—and how to excel at it; why no job title or description will resolve the ambiguity of your role; how to bridge the false dichotomy between "strategy" and "execution"; why the temptation to focus on decks and documentation can be bad for your team (and for you); and how to prioritize your time and pick your battles.

About the Author

Matt LeMay is an internationally recognized product leader, author, and keynote speaker. He is co-founder and partner at Sudden Compass, a collective of world-class strategists, product leaders, data analysts, and network-builders that has worked with companies like Spotify, Google, and Intuit. Matt has built and scaled product management practices at companies ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 50 enterprises, and has developed and led digital transformation and data strategy workshops for GE, American Express, Pfizer, McCann, and Johnson & Johnson. Previously, Matt was a senior product manager at music startup Songza (acquired by Google) and head of consumer product at Bitly. Matt is also a musician, recording engineer, and the author of a book about singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. He lives in London, England with his wife Joan.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - The Practice of Product Management
  • Chapter 2 - The CORE Skills of Product Management
  • Chapter 3 - Showing Up Curious
  • Chapter 4 - The Art of Egregious Overcommunication
  • Chapter 5 - Working with Senior Stakeholders (or, Throwing the Poker Game)
  • Chapter 6 - Talking to Users (or, “What’s a Poker Game?”)
  • Chapter 7 - The Worst Thing About “Best Practices”
  • Chapter 8 - The Wonderful, Horrible Truth About Agile
  • Chapter 9 - The Infinite Time Suck of Documentation (and Yes, Roadmaps Are Documentation)
  • Chapter 10 - Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategy, and Other Fancy Words
  • Chapter 11 - “Data, Take the Wheel!”
  • Chapter 12 - Prioritization: Where It All Comes Together
  • Chapter 13 - Try This at Home: The Trials and Tribulations of Remote Work
  • Chapter 14 - A Manager Among Product Managers (The Product Leadership Chapter)
  • Chapter 15 - In Good Times and Bad
  • Conclusion: Whatever It Takes


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