Leading Cross-Functional Teams

Always bring the donuts

By Ken Norton

I first gave this talk at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in November 2005 and then again at the SVPMA monthly meeting in January 2007. I’m pleased that “bring the donuts” has started to become synonymous with product management. These slides have taken on a life of their own and I continue to get emails and tweets from people who’ve discovered them.

“Bring the Donuts”

Here’s the original deck I used in 2005. The SVPMA talk used a longer, derivative version that I don’t like as much now. I got too fancy with images and examples and the like. Short and simple always wins in the end.

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Ken Norton spent more than fourteen years at Google where he led product initiatives for Docs, Calendar, Google Mobile Maps, and GV (formerly Google Ventures).

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