A reader asked for learning resources I found useful when starting as a product manager without a computer science background. Below is a list of learning resources that I found helpful and rewarding as a new product manager. Most of the online resources are free.
- [web] Ian McAllister’s Quora answers. Ian McAllister shares a lot of great learnings from his 12+ years in Manager and Director roles at Amazon, Microsoft, and Airbnb.
- [web] First Round Review – Product articles. Possibly the best source of consistently high-quality content.
- [book] Creativity, Inc.*
- [book] A More Beautiful Question*.
- [book] Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love*.
- [book] The Inmates Are Running the Asylum*.
- [web] First Round Review – Design articles
- [online course] Harvard CS50 on EdX. I completed roughly half of the course and nothing has been more helpful for me to understand the fundamentals of Computer Science. The course is taught on C and although time intensive it was rewarding.
- [book] The Datacenter as a Computer [free pdf]: on understanding infrastructure components.
Entrepreneurship & Product Strategy
- [online course] Entrepreneurship: Coursera Specialization by Wharton. Product management is a highly entrepreneurial activity. I found this course to be helpful at general product strategy.
- [book] Zero to One*.
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