A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading. – William Styron
I am a follower of Bob Moesta on LinkedIn who learns from his content and came to know about his recent book announcement. So I ordered the book “Learning to Build” on September 7th and started reading. The book has so many learnings. I finished reading the book today. So, I wanted to share some of my key learnings from the great book Learning to Build. Let us go into the topic now.
Bob talks about his learnings from his mentors and how those learnings helped him to elevate his thoughts and processes. When reading the book I felt that I also traveled along with him and enjoyed it. As a product manager I like the chapters Uncovering Demand and Prototyping to Learn more.
My Top 10 Key learnings from Learning to Build
My top 10 key learnings from Learning to Build are below.
- Always be curious to learn.
- Don’t hesitate to ask the right questions.
- Being Empathetic – how the right collaboration with the internal team, customers(external) at the right time leads to our product’s success.
- Uncovering Demand – how we can detach ourselves from our own perspective and see the differences. We should not see only the supply side and see it from the demand side too.
- Casual Structures – how we can analyze cause and effect of the activities.
- Prototyping to Learn – how we can save the time and cost by proto typing to learn. As a PM, I loved this chapter and it resonates with my daily work.
- Think in terms of flow – not only about the product or selling the services and think in terms of business workflow.
- See the Demand side – Understand how our product helps to the people’s demand and make their lives better.
- Learn to do Trade offs – there is nothing called perfect 100% fit. We have to learn to do the trade offs efficiently.
- Have a time wall – having a time wall to push us to decide and move on instead of dragging the things endlessly.
The pictorial representation of my top key learnings is below:
I would recommend taking this book as a guide to the innovators, entrepreneurs , intrapreneurs or seasoned product managers. I hope you enjoyed my key takeaways from the book. If you are curious to know more order and go through the complete book from here.
Learning to Build: The 5 Bedrock Skills of Innovators and Entrepreneurs – Bob Moesta.