Regardless of whether you’re a newbie PM or a veteran in your field, staying up to date with current blogs is a great source of inspiration and learning. Having a good resource list in your tool set is a must. It’s like always having your own network of smart experts to consult with. You can almost always find a helpful tip or insight to help you with your daily dilemmas, when you have diverse and high-quality resources to follow.
Are you preparing for your first user research interview? There’s a blog for that. Are you getting ready for your first PM interview? There’s a blog for that. Just feeling kind of “stuck” today? There are many blogs for that too.
One of the really awesome things about the PM community is the degree to which knowledge-sharing has become second-nature. However, as a result there are a lot (and I mean A LOT) of product management blogs out there. The problem is that it’s a full-time job by itself to follow all of them. So, how do you know which ones are worth checking out?
The trick is to know the focus of each blog and ‘consult’ it’s content depending on your needs or what you want to learn. So, to help you out, we decided to compile our favorite product management blogs. To not overwhelm you with new sources, we will share our product management blogs compilation one category at a time with you, in this series.
- Part 1 - Product Management Blogs To Follow: The Influencers
- Part 2 - Product Management Blogs To Follow: The Classics
- Part 3 - Product Management Blogs To Follow: The Communities
- Part 4 - Product Management Blogs To Follow: The Educators
- Part 5 - Product Management Blogs To Follow: Best of Medium
- Part 6 - Product Management Blogs To Follow: Design & UX
- Part 7 - Product Management Blogs To Follow: For Startups
- Part 8 - Product Management Blogs To Follow: Miscellaneous, but not least
NOTE: this is not a complete list. There are some great sites we ended up having to leave on the table—at least for now. And, obviously, there is overlap between these buckets. Most influencers are educators, and most of our favorite Medium writers are influencers, as well. These categories are intended as a loose guide, not pigeonholes. We’re planning to update this list frequently, so let us know if we forgot an essential entry!To help parse the sheer volume of PM writing out there, we’ve organized this list into categories. And to make it more useful, I also added a short description of the focal point for each blog and added a blog post I think showcases their style, so you can easily choose the ones that will benefit you the most.
- Rich Mironov
Rich Mironov’s product management blog is probably the most longstanding on our list: it started back in 2002. Two thousand and two. But even his earliest posts are still relevant, addressing topics like “recruiting beta customers” and “the role of the secret shopper”.
- Roman Pichler
Roman Pichler is definitely a fan favorite when it comes to product management learning. Pichler, a product consultant, offers in-depth posts on some of the more complex product challenges, as well as leadership guidance for up-and-coming PMs. Roman Pichler is a must-follow for anyone interested or active in product management. He is also the author of the books “Strategize” and “Agile Product Management with Scrum“.
- Read this first: Scaling the Product Owner Role
- Under 10 Playbook
Steve Johnson is a product management process coach, author, speaker, and advisor. This veteran consultant, publishes fun, thought-provoking posts via the blog for his firm, formerly know as “Under 10 Consulting“. Read it when you’re feeling burned out and need a quick hit of inspiration to get back on your game.
- Read this first:Ship complete or ship on schedule: pick one
- Product Talk
Teresa Torres is one of the smartest people writing about product today. She publishes meaty, longform articles that explain — IN DETAIL — how product managers can revolutionize their work. Reading Torres’ articles, you clearly sense that she cares deeply about her work.
- How to Be a Good Product Manager
Sirius Decisions’ Jeff Lash, whom we already referred to in our Classics post in this blog series, founded his blog way back in 2006, and maintains it to this day. The archive includes thoughtful writing on pretty much all aspects of product management—but we’re especially fond of the posts about self-improvement.
- Read this first: Courageous product management
- Folding Burritos
Portugal-based product consultant Daniel Zacarias has mastered the quality vs. quantity conundrum. He doesn’t churn out volume, but rather attacks key product management topics in exhaustive detail. Really great for wrapping your head around dense — but important — PM concepts. He also created two very valuable resources: “20 Product Prioritization Techniques: A Map and Guided Tour” and “The Complete Guide to the Kano Model“.
- Read this first: Organizing a Large Product Backlog
- Melissa Perri
Melissa Perri is a Product Manager, UX Designer, speaker, and coach. And, like Daniel Zacarias, she does not whip off PM puff pieces. Her posts are in-depth and thought-provoking, tackling some of the most knotty product management challenges. Right now she is finishing up her book, “The Build Trap”, based on an article she wrote in 2014. If you haven’t heard of it already, you might be at risk of getting caught in it. You can also watch the video here, if you prefer video over reading.
- Read this first: Stop Blaming the User
- Tyner Blain
Product management veteran Scott Sehlhorst has been sharing ideas at Tyner Blain for over a decade. He’s a trusted source for astute insights into some of the more complex dimensions of product management.
- Read this first: Minimum Valuable Problem
- Hardcore Product Management
“To handle complexity, you need preparation and the ability to respond with creativity.” This idea is at the heart of Nils Davis’ blog, which helps product managers find creative solutions to the difficult, messy, headache-inducing problems. Nils Davis has over 20 years of practicing and studying software product management.