Pulkit Agrawal
Pulkit AgrawalCEO @trychameleon for user onboarding

What are your favorite books on product?

I'm looking to learn more about software product development and management as a founder, and curious to know what has been impactful reading for you. Especially for early-stage teams.
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    Hooked

    A book on how to build habit-forming products

    Pavan Sethi
    Pavan Sethi19building things. · Written
    This is probably my favorite product book. It's succinct, written in an easily digestible format, and made me view new products in a way I hadn't really thought of before. Written by @nireyal (who also has a great blog) and @rrhoover :)
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    Sprint

    How to solve big problems and test new ideas in 5 days

    Pavan Sethi
    Pavan Sethi19building things. · Written
    The go-to guide to building prototypes and testing out ideas from the team at Google Ventures. It's crazy how ideas of all shapes and sizes can be tested with the philosophy they lay out in this book. Shout out to @jakek, @jazer, and @kowtiz :)
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    • Faiz Fadzil
      Faiz FadzilCo-founder, Beta Factory

      We've been using Design Sprints in a large Malaysian telco, from 2016 to 2018, to rapidly test and validate new ideas to solving problems. Several issues come into play when adopting this in large traditional corporations:

      a) resistance to trying new things

      b) "sketching", "storyboarding" and other "new" exercises can often be seen as superfluous; some participants we've managed have looked at these parts as a waste of time

      If your team is thinking of doing this for your organization, some tips include:

      1. Do a mock run yourselves first, before facilitating others

      2. Have the book handy as a reference, and refer to it often -- even when you've been doing these sprints for a long time

      3. Be flexible with the sprint timing and agenda -- stakeholders in large corporations often don't have enough time to commit

      4. Be ready to chop and change the daily agenda around, especially when stakeholders, deciders and experts change their schedule at the last minute

    • Dorothea Martin
      Dorothea MartinCreative Jedi

      Love it for creative processes but also what it does for the team: enabling collaboration in a very structured and productive way

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    Burndown

    A better way to build products (by the team at Drift)

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    Burndown is a great read by Drift on their product methodology.
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