Book Review: Competing Against Luck

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen strives to answer these key business questions:

  • Is innovation truly a crapshoot?
  • Or is innovation difficult because we don’t know what causes it to succeed?

The book is 288 pages so it’s not much of a spoiler to admit the answer to the first question is not “yes”.

In fact, Christensen and his co-authors offer a compelling perspective on how to understand customers better by investigating the progress they’re looking to make in their lives.

So the key question now becomes: Is the book worth reading if you’re a Product Manager?

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If you’re a Product Manager, yes, the book is worth reading.

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Book Review: Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is a best-selling business book by Patrick Lencioni. Written as a “business fable”, the plot follows the trials and tribulations of a struggling senior management team trying to right itself.

And if you’re a product manager, you should read it right now.


Kup has his own interpretation of Lencioni’s message.
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Made To Stick: Product Management Book Review

What do the urban legend about the babysitter getting phone calls from the killer inside the house, and Subway spokesman Jared Fogle have in common?

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath has the answer–and the answer could help explain why some products succeed while other comparable products fail.


Why do you recognize that story–even in LOLcat form?

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Predictably Irrational: Product Management Book Review

Do you know why we sometimes find ourselves excitedly buying things we don’t really need?

Do you know why we still have a headache after taking a five-cent aspirin, but why that same headache vanishes when the aspirin costs 50 cents?

The first book selection from the Product Manager’s Book ClubPredictably Irrational by Dan Ariely — strives to answer those questions.


Irrational? Maybe. Predictable? Only in the comics.

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