Leading Cross-functional Teams

Always bring the donuts

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 “bringing 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 is a partner at GV where he provides product and engineering support to more than 300 portfolio companies including Uber, Nest, Slack, Foundation Medicine, and Flatiron Health. Prior to joining GV, Ken was a group product manager at Google. In his years as a PM at Google, Ken led product initiatives for Docs, Calendar, and Google Mobile Maps.

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