One tradition I've started in recent years is to revisit books that have made a significant impact on me. Every September, after returning from vacation, I engage in this ritual to mark the beginning of my new season, which for me starts on September rather than December.
Although I have a long list of books that I find valuable, there are two in particular that I read again each year without fail. These books stand out because they continually offer fresh perspectives and insights, even with repeated readings.
- INSPIRED by Marty Cagan
Summary: This book provides an in-depth look at the product development process, revealing how successful tech companies create products that customers love. It's filled with actionable advice on everything from understanding customer needs to effectively collaborating with cross-functional teams. I believe that this is the most valuable book for Product management out there.
INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love (Silicon Valley Product Group)
INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love (Silicon Valley Product Group) : Cagan, Marty: Amazon.de: Books
- Principles by Ray Dalio
Summary: This book outlines Ray Dalio's life and work principles that have made him one of the world's most successful investors and entrepreneurs. The book is designed to help people apply these principles in their own lives, providing a structured framework for decision-making and achieving goals. Great book for people that want to develop their managerial skills.
These two books serve as fundamental guides for both my managerial and product-thinking styles. While I don't strictly follow their advice, the combination of fundamental knowledge of the books and the fresh insights I gain each year, help me continually grow and improve as a professional.