Product Management Coaching with Ken Norton

For more than fifteen years I’ve actively coached and mentored product managers of all experience levels, from recent grad APMs to newly promoted product leaders to experienced VPs of Product and Chief Product Officers. Below are just a few areas I focus on:

  • Developing as a product leader
  • Finding your purpose as a product manager
  • Building a strong and healthy product culture
  • Career planning and development
  • Team and organizational structure
  • Hiring product managers
  • Working and communicating with other teams and different personalities
  • Building outstanding relationships with engineering and design
  • Improving product strategy and process
  • Setting goals and objectives
  • Long term product planning and vision
  • Working effectively with CEOs, other execs, and board members
  • Developing self-awareness and processing feedback
  • Work/life integration
  • Values

We’ll find the most success when we can develop a multi-faceted, long-term relationship. For that reason, my typical personal coaching engagement requires a six month commitment. That will give us the time and space to work together on the challenges you face, to get to know one another, and to develop a strong relationship based on candor and trust. Most of my clients choose to renew every six months, but that decision will be entirely up to you. In addition to individual coaching, I can also accommodate a limited number of corporate relationships where I serve as a sort of in-house coach to entire product teams.

I especially welcome the opportunity to coach PMs from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.

Logos of coaching clients

A representative sample of companies I’ve worked with and coached PMs from

I’ve benefited throughout my career from the coaching and mentoring of others. Sometimes it was helpful to just bounce a problem off of someone who’d been there, or even just someone who didn’t work at the same company. They helped me resolve conflict, create great cultures, and deliver world-class products. I’m passionate about the craft of product management and am dedicated to providing that same help to others. I hope we get the opportunity to work together.

About Ken

Ken Norton 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.

Ken Norton onstage

Photo Credit: Dave Studer, 2016. Used with permission.

In the course of a decade, Ken Norton fundamentally changed the way you communicate, schedule and get around.”

Inc. Magazine

One of the most creative and encouraging thought leaders in the field.”

— Roadmunk

One of those rare product managers who combines both product vision and a strong technical background.”

— Jeff Weiner
Executive Chairman and Former CEO, LinkedIn