Here’s a list of articles I’ve found especially insightful and helpful. At some point I hope to summarize each one via blog posts just like my book project. Until then, this is just a list.
Marketing / Strategy
Marketing Myopia – HBR. Be careful how you define what industry you’re in.
Milkshake Marketing – Clayton Christensen. Innovator’s Dilemma author on how people “hire” products
What is Strategy – Michael Porter. The grand-daddy of strategy.
WTF is Strategy – Vince Law, Medium
Technology as a Competitive Weapon – HBR Alan Frohman.
Are You Reading the Right Signals? – Christensen.
Commercializing Technology – What Do the Best Companies Do? – HBR. The best companies have highly disciplined systems.
The 30 Things Customers Really Value – HBR, expanding on the hierarchy of needs.
Start with Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek TED talk
Simon Sinek – If You Don’t Understand People, You Don’t Understand Business – a video! by Simon Sinek
Why You Need to Follow the Steve Jobs Method and ‘Work Backwards’ – Inc, includes a good fill-in-the-blank user needs statement
Management / Culture
Who’s Got the Monkey? – HBR. Managing delegation and task ownership.
It’s Not Nagging: Why Persistent, Redundant Communication Works – HBR. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.
Goals Gone Wild. Goals are great, but everything in moderation.
Why Culture is Key – Booz Allen Hamilton.
Building a Design-Driven Culture – McKinsey, 2015
Netflix’s culture document – Great reading on establishing a culture of excellence.
Your Company’s Culture is Who You Hire, Fire, & Promote – Dr. Cameron Sepah (Content similar to the No Asshole Rule)
Radical Candor — The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss – How to give constructive feedback.
Fuzzy Front End: Effective Methods, Tools, and Techniques. Tackling the “fuzzy front end” of projects.
Performing a Project Premortem – HBR. Anticipate problems before tackling a project.
Innovation Imitation – HBR. How and when to imitate competitors.
Defining Next-Generation Products: An Inside Look. HBR Tabrizi and Walleigh. Great info on defining the product spec.
From the ‘Ladder of Science’ to the Product Development Cycle – HBR Ralph Gomery. Lot’s of good nuggets.
Why This Opportunity Solution Tree is Changing the Way Product Teams Work – Product Talk blog; A Systematic thought-process for framing problems and finding solutions
An Introduction to Product Discovery – Product Talk blog
Welcome to the Experience Economy – HBR Pine and Gilmore.
I Hate MVPs. So Do Your Customers. Make it SLC Instead. MVPs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be; make it simple, lovable and complete.
How to Write a Good Product Requirement Doc – Marty Cagan
The Habits Guide: How to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones – James Clear (blogger) with a great primer on habits
3 Proven Rituals That Will Make you Motivated – Eric Barker (blogger) with a primer on Motivation (citing Daniel Pink’s Drive, Dan Ariely’s Payoff)
How To Do What You Love – Paul Graham, a good read
This is Water – David Foster Wallace
‘You’ve got to find what you love,‘ – Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address
George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates – New York Times article by Joel Lovell