The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives
“The future is already here —it's just not very evenly distributed” according to William Gibson. We already live in a world of AI, IOT, drones, robots, VR/AR etc but maybe you haven’t noticed or incorporated those ideas into your product? Diamandis talks about how these technologies are accelerating and converging at the same time.
Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
The Design Thinking Playbook: Mindful Digital Transformation of Teams, Products, Services, Businesses, and Ecosystems
People don’t have time for lousy products. As a PO you’ll need to work closely with designers and incorporate the design process into your workflow.
The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses
Learn to Program
Being able to code is becoming a life skill. With just a little knowledge you’ll see new ways of problem solving and opportunities for automation. It’ll also give you some empathy for your team.
Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want
Business canvases and value propositions are key tools in your product toolkit for connecting your products to your customers. This book takes you through the key steps.
Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age
Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love
This book will help you understand how product organisations should work and the other roles in product you may need to collaborate with.
The Professional Product Owner: Leveraging Scrum as a Competitive Advantage
This book looks at product ownership from the scrum perspective, but also has some great practical tools including dashboards and creating and managing your product backlog. Remember the quality of your product backlog is directly proportional to the quality of your backlog.
Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham
The Evidence-Based Management Guide
As you start to put the owner into product owner you’ll be starting to look to initiate decision making rather than receiving decisions. Using the model laid out in this guide will bring valuable insights into your product and what to do about it.
Agile Estimating and Planning
Not only is this to go-to book for your dev team to understand how to estimate size, but it’s also a great reference for POs to understand how to estimate value. Jump straight to part 3 Planning value to dive into ROI, NPV, IRR, etc.
The Scrum Guide
Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland