There is no such thing as knowing enough in the ever changing world of product management. It is highly important to stay informed and be aware of current trends. One of the best places to start digging into new insights is of course the internet! There is an absolute gold mine of blogs out there for you to sink your teeth into. Reaching from personal insight stories of some of the industry’s leaders to community sites which let you discuss your issues with other product managers. There really is something for everyone in the blogosphere.
Here’s our list of 16 of the best blogs (links in the titles) you need to follow:
Mind The Product commenced in 2010 and has since then grown to over 50,000 members worldwide. The authors believe in curating the best content in order to help cultivate the product management community. Mind The Product is all about getting you involved with other product managers around the world. You can cross-post to your own blog and also enter discussions with other product managers. That way you can support each other and feel supported yourself.
First Round serve up blogs on the basis that they believe there is a wealth of untapped knowledge available in the world and that through spreading such knowledge they can revolutionize the way people create. They promise to never bore you, always provide the expert opinions and cut through all the mess to give you solid blogs that can help transform your work.
InVision offer a slick interface and easy to navigate blog which is, unsurprisingly, all about design. If you want some tips on how to up your design game or why design is so important when product managing then InVision is the place for you. InVision focus on the psychology and productivity of design and offer great insight into why these important factors must not be overlooked. They also have a mobile app, meaning you can now access their insights on the go.
The Product Guy was set up by an award-winning product manager, Jeremy Horn. He has backgrounds in both starting successful start-ups and working for larger organizations as a product manager. Jeremy brings his hefty experience to light in this blog and allows you to read about experiences first hand. Jeremey also runs an annual competition called ‘The Best Product Person’ in which he awards the accolade to a leader in the product management world. The winner is asked to share their experiences and knowledge with others in the community. Jeremy knows what he’s talking about and he’s willing to share his knowledge with you.
Phrase App are all about the localization of software. They created a localization platform app in 2011 and have been growing ever since. Their blog strives to offer content to help out other localization fanatics or those just wanting to know more about the world of localization and internationalization. They offer great interviews with experts and in-depth tutorials to really help you grasp the ins and outs of spreading your product in your chosen markets.
Aha! Blog is a great resource of content regarding road-mapping and product strategy. If you need tips on how to run a great workplace or what direction you should take as a product manager then get onto Aha! Blog. They maintain a friendly tone and make you feel like you’re just having a conversation with some pals rather than being talked at.
Ken Norton is renowned in the product management world as one of the most inspiring thought leaders. He’s a partner at GV (that’s Google Ventures, to you and me) so he has a wealth of high grade experience in the product management world. Ken writes prolifically about the expertise needed to be a successful product manager. If you need somewhere to start go straight to his infamous ‘How To Hire A Product Manager’ essay and get stuck in.
If you’ve got the time and want to really increase your knowledge about important product management discussions then Folding Burritos is for you. Daniel Zacarias, a freelance product manager, gets into the nitty gritty of key topics in the world of product management. He notes on his sight that the human aspect of making software is what he is really passionate about. If you want in-depth articles that will help you to understand all the best ways to improve your daily work then check this blog out.
Ellen Chisa is a popular writer on Medium where she writes about some of the difficulties that one faces in the product management world. As a female product manager she touches on some of the issues surrounding gender diversity in the product world and gives a fresh take on how to deal with inequalities. I would definitely recommend taking the time to read through some of Ellen’s work and her unique female perspective on product management.
Hunter Walk’s blog focusses mainly on how to create a start-up, get the ball rolling and guarantee success in your chosen field. Hunter, who is a partner at Homebrew, gained a lot of his knowledge from having driven a successful start-up in San Francisco. He was also previously a product manager at Google and so has a wealth of experience in what makes a successful product, and more broadly related business issues. His blogs offers conversations with other leaders in the product management world as well as his own frank take on the issues facing product management in the current market.
The brilliant use of pop culture analogies makes Product Management Meets Pop Culture a must read if you’re feeling a bit bogged down in all the terms and content. Chris Cummings, who runs the site, aims to offer insight into ways to improve your product management in a fun and creative way. Mainly through the use of movie, comic and other pop culture analogies. Chris is able to deliver practical and insightful advice with an interesting twist. His style really sets him aside from most other sites and allows your imagination to wander whilst you learn about improving your product management skills.
Jackie Bavaro presents a wonderful tone in her blog The Art of Product Management. She uses language which helps you to feel encouraged in your work. She also offers a lot of posts centered on tips for the introverted product manager. If you think you’re a bit too shy and want to be confident and stand out in your team then read through Jackie’s blogs for an approach which will leave you feeling heartened and ready to get stuck into your work.
Price Intelligently comes from the world of SaaS (Software as a Service). If you’re a SaaS manager and want to receive top tips from industry experts then Price Intelligently is for you. Price Intelligently are a thought leader in the world of SaaS and they bring together their expertise to help you learn more about how to manage your software effectively in today’s business landscape. They post regularly and offer in-depth insight into the ever changing and exciting world of SaaS.
The Clever PM is written by a supposedly anonymous product manager and consultant. But it is widely rumored to be run by Cliff Gilley, who has over 10 years’ experience in the product management world. Cliff offers great insight into important aspects of a product manager’s career, including mediation, facilitation and prioritization. His blogs strive to offer pragmatic and useful content which will help you resolve any issues that you may face as a product manager. His writing style is optimistic and he offers great inspiration for other product managers.
Product School is dedicated to helping you become a product manager. If you just starting out, or dream of being a product manager, then get over to Product School for some advice. They offer sound advice on how to get started and have a hands-on approach to your education. Their blog is full of content which helps you to get into the mindset of the modern product manager and they are incredibly encouraging of your personal story. With loads of resources and courses to help you on your journey Product School are a must for the budding product manager.
Roman Pichler’s blog is must read. His is one of the first product management blogs to come up on a Google search and there are plenty of reasons why. With over 15 years’ experience as both a product manager himself and a teacher to many others, Roman offers a highly knowledge insight into the complex world of product management. He offers a lot of advice about leadership and the pitfalls of running a team. So if you want some guidance on how to be the best manager then look no further. His site offers a lot of resources aside from blogs, like videos and presentations so you can immerse yourself in his knowledge. Roman’s track success is evident in that he has written three successful books and also is the director of his own product management consultancy firm. This blog is not to be missed.
Now You know!
We hope that by reading through that list you now feel prepared to go out there and learn from some of the best. Remember, it’s never too late to learn something new!
Also published on Medium.