You just joined a new team as a product manager and you’re super excited about the role. Now you are wondering - what in the world should I do in my first 28 days - that's just 4 weeks!?
Here is a list from my perspective, and what I guide my folks on my team at Google to try and think about it. This is obviously a big list, and if you’re company has an extensive onboarding process that doesn’t really allow you to interact with your team that much when you first join - you should take the thoughts below from the point of view that you’ve finished that.
Understand and set the expectations with your manager
Ensure that you have the right expectations setup from the outset about what your role is, and what is expected of you from your manager.
Ask them what they want you to achieve in the next 28 days and note that down.
Make sure to share a document with your manager that has a running sheet of your weekly 1:1s, this...
You have to know what it is you are building, in order to actually go ahead and solve a users problem. A product is exactly that - whatever thing that manifests itself into an item or service that you are providing to meet the want or need of a user. You need to build what people want and you need to deeply empathize with the pain that your users are going through. Practically speaking, you also need to be able to find a market large enough to accommodate a real business but we will about that later in product market fit (PMF).
As an anecdote, this is typically why - most founders of high growth startups - start with something that they themselves care about. It’s important to separate things you care about, from those that you are passionate about as Ben Horowitz points outs in this speech. Regardless, in technology, products are, in my opinion, typically divided into 4 separate and distinct buckets - consumer, enterprise, developer and hardware.
We go into this in a lot...
One of the most frequent questions that I am asked as a product manager - is what exactly do I do. In our 2+ hours of free lessons, you can find out exactly what a Product Manager is as I define it. In this post, I provide a sneak peak into the type of content that our courses deliver and how you should expect the format to be delivered. This course content is free, and you can sign up right now to find out the rest of how I think about product - start here now.
OK this first course is going to be a big one - so strap yourself in and lets do this. This content should be totally useful for new, and serve as a refresher for existing PMs, again, I’d love your feedback on everything you see here, please do that in the forum or via [email protected]
So, what is a PM?
The traditional thinking of what is a PM was really created in a diagram around 10 years ago by Mindtheproduct
It looks something like this. A broad scale interaction between...
Product Management is a discipline that requires a broad and encompassing skillset. In my free course, I describe exactly what is needed to be a product manager after having been a PM for more than 10+ years and leading product teams at startups and at Google in Ads, Machine Learning Frameworks and infrastructure.
Product managers are fundamentally responsible for the success of a product. They have to operate with a high degree of autonomy, and utilize a large range of skills in order to be successful. It is not purely engineering, nor it is purely management or design - it's an intersection of all of these areas that make product managers successful at their craft. Product managers must ensure that not only is there a vision, strategy and roadmap for their product - a process we refer to ask the VSR cycle (Vision, Strategy, Roadmap Cycle) - they must also drive the execution and prioritization process
Product Managers are now a modern component of all leading technology...
What is Infinite Series?
I created Infinite Series teaches the latest industry skills in product management, user growth, storytelling, leadership, metrics and more. I’m a a Senior Product Lead @ Google and you can find a bit more about me here and on LinkedIn.
Whether you are just considering becoming a product manager, actively transitioning from engineering, marketing or growth roles, or even if you have years of experience as a PM - our courses will make you and your team more productive, accelerate your career, make your product more effective and enable you to deliver what your users want. Completing the courses offered here, will help you learn what it takes to innovate, build and ship great products with real and practical material based on real use cases from senior leaders in the product space.
The real goal here is to pass on the knowledge that I’ve learnt from being a PM who didn’t start out in this role, who was located in Australia far from Silicon...