As a product manager, you will constantly be thrown into the most interesting and challenging situations possible working with your team and stakeholders. It’s what makes the job fun and interesting, to begin with.
But this rollercoaster very often comes with a lot of pressure and giving in when you shouldn’t do so can make or break your product.
Just like muscle reflexes, I believe we also have mental reflexes. Training them to react properly means consistently doing my job better.
To train these reflexes, I turned to more experienced product managers, designers, developers in search for principles that they follow or any hard learned lessons during their career.
Here is a list of the most relevant or useful that I have found and read so far. It is certainly not complete, nor is it the silver bullet. It’s for you to consider and to choose from or to discover/acknowledge your own:
- Good PM/Bad PM: Classic version & Modern Version
- Ian McAllister on “What makes a top 1% product manager?”
- Lawrence Ripsher: What makes a great product manager
- Research principles of the legendary Xerox PARC
- 4 principles for making experimentation count
- Jeff Bezos: High-velocity decision making (Type 1 & Type 2 decisions)
- Amazon’s 14 leadership principles(video) & text
Design, UX, Motion, Interaction:
- 10 basic principles of visual design
- 10 usability heuristics for user interface design
- First principles of interaction design
- Creating usability with motion: the UX in motion manifesto
- The 12 principles of animation – very nice video series with good examples
- Psychology principles every UI/UX designer needs to know
- Psychology in design. Principles helping to understand users
- Dan Brown: 8 principles of information architecture
- The difference between amateurs and professionals
- The Agile Manifesto
- 8 ways to combat decision fatigue
- 180+ cognitive biases (list + chart)
If you know of resources that would fit well on this list, leave a comment below and I’ll check it out.