- 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.
Design & UX
In his signature “teardowns”, which are like Pop-Up Video for the app age, Portland-based designer Samuel Hulick walks readers through the onboarding process for various apps. Along the way he dishes out sassy commentary, resulting in helpful UX lessons PLUS comedy.
- Read this first: How TIDAL Onboards New Users
- Cindy Alvarez
Cindy Alvarez, Director of UX at Yammer, is a longtime leader in user experience and customer development. She blogs about nurturing customers, honing communication, and product design. She has also tackled issues surrounding workplace culture — including the less-fun parts — and is author of the book “Lean Customer Development“.
- Read this first: 5 ways to ensure usability testing results aren’t ignored
- Users Know
Laura Klein has made it her mission to help startups master UX. Her recent book “UX for Lean Startups” gives startup product leaders the tools to connect with their users. Prefer a shorter read? Her blog is a great source for user-focused research and ideas, and also contains a series of interviews answering the question “Whose job is user research?“.
- Read this first: The Right Deliverables
- Christina Wodtke
Christina Wodtke is coaching, advising, teaching and consulting, with the single goal of bringing great products into the world. She also wrote a book called “Radical Focus” about using OKRS (Objectives and Key Results), predictive roadmaps, and a cadence of commitment and celebration to build higher performance teams. She has held a series of executive roles in the tech industry, most notably leading teams at LinkedIn and Myspace, and leading the design and launch of the Zynga.com gaming platform.
- Read this first: Needfinding for Disruptive Innovation
- Julie Zhuo
Facebook’s VP of Product Design, Julie Zhuo, was named the #1 product management influencer in a recent analysis of PM content on Medium.com by NomNom and DataStories. Not only is her writing extremely insightful, Julie herself just seems straight-up cool.
- Read this first: Design, Illustrated in 3 Charts
- Jared M. Spool
Jared M. Spool, founder of User Interface Engineering (UIE) and co-founder of Center Centre, is one of the most knowledgeable communicators on the subject of user experience (UX) today. He loves exploring great user experiences and the wonders of United’s customer service. Jared wrote the seminal book “Web Site Usability: A Designer’s Guide” and co-authored “Web Anatomy: Interaction Design Frameworks That Work”.
- Read this first: Focusing On What Our Users Shouldn’t Focus On
- Tobias van Schneider
Self-taught Designer & Maker and former Lead Product Designer & Art Director at Spotify, Tobias van Schneider, is the founder of Semplice. He blogs with one simple goal in mind: creating a resource for every designer & maker, especially those in the making, where you can find practical tips & tricks, but also thought pieces on design, psychology and self improvement.
- Read this first: How to find your perfect color pairings