Here are the books and podcasts that I’ve read and enjoyed in 2015. Surprisingly, the podcasts were a lot more entertaining.
|Honest truth about dishonesty
|Money: Mastering the game
|4 hour body
|HBR on Teams
||8 – did not end well
|Surely you are joking Mr. Feynman
||7 – bit much to read
I will add reviews for each of these books later.
More fun than the books were the following Podcasts:
The Tim Ferriss Show
- Derek Sivers on The Tim Ferriss podcast
- Navak Ravikant on The Tim Ferriss podcast
- Chris Sacca on The Tim Ferriss podcast
WTF with Marc Maron
- WTF: Neil Strauss
- WTF: Brian Grazer
- WTF: Steve Albini
- WTF: Lorne Michaels
- WTF: Aaron Draplin. Draplin’s a friend
- WTF: Fred Armison
- WTF: Vince Gilligan
- WTF: Jason Bateman
The Fizzle Show – Early podcasts upto Ep20
Serial Season 1
Startup Podcast: Gimlet media
- a16z Podcast: The Year Mobile Began to Truly Dominate Tech
- a16z Podcast: The Tiger and the Dragon — On Tech and Startups in India and China
- a16z Podcast: What Comes After the Smartphone
- a16z Podcast: Wall Street’s Most Hated Man — A Conversation With Overstock.com’s Patrick Byrne
- a16z Podcast: Apple Has Lock on Luxury Smartphones, But Not Business of TV
- a16z Podcast: Messaging As the Interface to Everything
The Food Chain
- Chicken: Too much of a good thing
This American Life
- #560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket
- #504: How I Got Into College
Read a really inspiring article today on lean writing and self publishing in the New York Times on Hugh Howes.
I see that the CrankyPM is also using a similar methodology to write her book and has already raised 50% above her modest goal. Seems like lean is the way to go.
Lean is the new buzzword in product management. I’ve been hearing about this consistently since the launch of three great books that inspire you to quit your job and build something of value. I list these books later in the post.
The Lean approach to startups and product development, learning launches are not new. Enough books have been written about this since at least 2008 and even before then, we had been trying to write software incrementally. They have become a bit of a fad and have developed a cult following.
While lean methods are great for $100 startups and small ideas, I agree with multiple product managers that its not “it”. Here are arguments on both sides of this method:
This said, its clear that as a PM you now have to demonstrate you have lean skills for product development and validation. I think this is a good skill to develop if you aspire to be the best in your field. If you play the “lean” beer bingo during a GM all hands today, you will be drunk in no time.
Here are the books I referred to at the beginning of this post.
- The Lean Startup
- $100 Startup
- 4 hour work week
These are great reads and provide a great primer on how to go about building your business. I have to warn you that its much easier to read the book than to build a business. And,