First Few Days as a Product Manager
Your first day as a Product Manager at a new job can either be the first day of the rest of your life… or the first of a series of never-ending Groundhog Day experiences, where every day feels the same and your new job quickly seems just like the old job.
This is indeed a honeymoon period where the best Product Managers get their reputations established, start delivering on projects, display their strengths and weaknesses, develop alliances and set expectations for coming years.
The best Product Managers are those who interact with the departments they will need to work with in the future, build alliances, start to earn trust, and get to know the exact role of Product Management and where it is positioned within the company.
● Know your new product: It is essential that before you move ahead in your new role as a Product Manager, you are well-versed with your new product. It is recommended that as a Product Manager, you go through the release notes, product documentation, white paper and sales enablement for better understanding.
● Keep a close watch on your projects as a Product Manager: Keep a focus on problems/projects/activities that are priorities. Create some momentum in a positive and collaborative way.
● Look for as many ways to connect with the outside world as possible: There is a tendency in Product Management just to live inside the company’s four walls and only occasionally go outside for channel partners, resellers, salespeople, and customers.
● Analyze the corporate pitch: It is extremely important to review the corporate pitch as a Product Manager. You should be able to perceive where your company stands as a Product Manager and how your product is placed in the industry.
● Catch up on the latest blogs and articles: Ensure that you keep a close watch on the latest blogs and articles related to product industry. It is extremely important for a Product Manager that he is properly updated with the current trends of the industry.
● Review the product roadmap: You need to review where the product is headed towards as a Product Manager. Make sure if anyone has developed a roadmap for the next few releases.
● Share your idea and sync up with your partners: Share my ideas on developing new ways to reach out to partners and engage with them.
● Consider going on sales calls: To get a hang of your product and to learn more about what your existing user feels about your product, ensure that you go on a few sales calls and review the sales records as well.
● Understand people dynamics: This is the most important part for Product Managers, more important than even your product in the initial days. You need to start building relationships from day one as a Product Manager. Every company has some form of internal people dynamics that you need to observe and learn as you get used to your new position especially in a new company.