Starting a new job is always challenging, but doing it in a completely new position takes it to another level. Considering how important the Product Manager’s job is for companies right now, you’re in for a treat. Don’t panic, we’re here to help. Here are 5 things you should do to start off rocking at your new job:
Learn before you act
Fast-moving tech companies expect to see results for the investment they made in you. However, there’s no point in jumping into action without having a clear picture of the situation. Don’t give in to the pressure and take your time to learn about your product, the competition, the market, your company’s short and long-term goals, your team’s strengths and weaknesses, and most of all about your customer. Now you can start creating a strategy for what you want to do.
Think without constraints
The good thing about being new to the position is that you bring in a fresh outside look. You are free to look beyond the product’s current constraints and the current company resources. If you identify a viable opportunity to disrupt the market, then start developing a plan to take advantage of it!
Prioritize and simplify
Once you’ve done both things mentioned above, you’ll have a whole set of opportunities to pursue. Your job is to prioritize and simplify them in order to have a clear action plan for your next months. There are two main reasons why this is important: First, your tech team will thank you for not overloading them with too much work and for giving them a clear understanding of what’s to come. And second, prioritization allows you to achieve sequential small wins that keep your team motivated and compound towards the growth of your business.
Track and measure. Keep learning
Unlike a software developer, your job as a Product Manager goes beyond the delivery of a new feature / product. For Product Managers, success or failure is measured after this. You need to track your customer’s behavior towards what was launched. However, you should avoid vanity metrics and try to get as much insight as possible out of the metrics.
It is easy to be overwhelmed by the number of responsibilities that a Product Manager has. You want to shine and show that you deserve the trust that the company placed on you. Remember that preparation is key, so be sure to check out how we can help you at Product School to start rocking at your shiny new job.