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Product Leadership by Martin Eriksson, Nate Walkingshaw, Richard Banfield

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Final Words

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We hope this book, and the wisdom of the many product leaders we’ve interviewed, has helped you better understand what it means to be a product leader, and how they launch great products and build successful teams. In a perfect world we’d love this book to be a dynamic, ever-updating vessel of insights informed by your feedback and suggestions. Alas, this book will go to print, and these words will no longer be editable, but we will endeavor to continue to share our learnings at this book’s website.

Of course, product leadership is still a nascent role that will continue to evolve, and rapidly. It’s important therefore, to remember the following points.

Make It Valuable, Feasible, and Usable

These core principles of product management infuse everything a product leader does. From tactics to strategy, from startup to enterprise, product leaders are always asking whether this is valuable to the customer and the business, feasible to deliver, and delightful to use.

Maintain a Learner’s Mindset

As many of our interviewees said, this is a role where being curious and having an appetite for new lessons is essential. Whether it’s keeping on top of the latest technology, consumer trends, or management ideas, a product leader cannot be complacent with the status quo, or they—and their products—risk being left behind. If the sales team’s mantra is “Always be closing,” then ...

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