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Ken Norton is a product management coach, speaker, and writer. He spent more than fourteen years at Google, where he led product initiatives for Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Mobile Maps, and GV (formerly Google Ventures). He joined Google with the acquisition of JotSpot, where he was vice president of products. Before JotSpot, Ken led product management at Yahoo. Back in the day when he was a software engineer, he was one of the first 50 employees of CNET and the founding CTO of Snap (which became NBC Internet).
Ken has written extensively about the craft of product management. His classic essay How To Hire a Product Manager became the playbook for a generation of product managers. He’s also the reason donuts and product management have become synonymous.
Ken has a bachelor’s from Boston University and a master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and he serves on BU’s College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Board. His favorite donut is the old-fashioned.
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“In the course of a decade, Ken Norton fundamentally changed the way you communicate, schedule and get around.”
“One of the most creative and encouraging thought leaders in the field.”
“One of those rare product managers who combines both product vision and a strong technical background.”
Executive Chairman and Former CEO, LinkedIn
How to Hire a Product Manager
The classic essay that defined the product manager role
What makes a great product manager, and how do you become one? This is Ken Norton's classic essay on the role of product management that launched thousands of PM careers.
10x Not 10%
Product management by orders of magnitude
In this ambitious essay, Ken Norton looks at the history of innovation and challenges product managers and product leaders to think bigger, to aim for 10x, not 10%.
Please Make Yourself Uncomfortable
What product managers can learn from jazz musicians
What can product managers and product leaders learn from jazz, an art form that is all about improvisation, collaboration, and being willing to take risks?
What to Do in Your First 30 Days in a New Role
Tips for how product managers should approach their first month
Congratulations, a product has found its product manager. How you approach your first 30 days will make a tremendous difference, setting you up for success or struggle.
Best Books for Product Managers
Essential product management reading
Ken Norton shares his recommended books for product managers. The best books on product leadership, innovation, management, shipping winning products, and design thinking.
Ants and Aliens: Long-term Product Planning
Why you need a thirty-year product vision (yes, thirty)
How do you plan for the future and deliver an innovative and compelling product vision that will inspire your team to deliver winning products?