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  • Read old OKRs, specs, design documents, wiki pages, and anything else you can get your hands on. Add missing documentation, and write up what you've learned and how you can improve things for the next hire.
  • Set some personal development goals. What do you do well that you want to continue to do? What is the one thing you need to improve, and how will you do that?
  • Configure your life support systems. Install essential software; create Slack and email filters; set up Google News Alerts for your product.

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  • Set clear expectations with the CEO or manager. Your main goal in the first month is to effectively join a team.
  • Schedule a one-on-one with everyone on the team. This may take a few hours or the whole first month.
  • Ask everyone, "What ...

  • Schedule time with your lead engineer to walk you through the product's technical architecture. Ask questions about things that are unclear.
  • Hold back a bit on changing things. Your ideas and thoughts will be better formed after you had a chance to s...

How a new product manager approaches their first month in a company will determine their success.

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