Set expectations about your product role

Congratulations! You just started a new challenge as a product person. So what should you do in your first days in the new job?

First things first: Get the expectations right.

Expectations go in both directions: What do your line manager and people above her expect from you? And what do you expect from your line manager and the organization?

You may say: This is clear from the job advert and the talks I had before getting the job. No, unfortunately, often this is not that clear: Job descriptions get copy and pasted from old postings without any adjustment. Or even worse: Just copied from the internet. And who knows these postings? Often it's mainly HR, not all the people who will work with the new hire.

So my advice is: Don't take the posting literally unless you talked about it with everyone involved.

Here's what you can do:

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