I was really pleased to find this list of key things to do in your first 30 days on a new job from blog writer Gopal Shenoy I actually think they are good things for those of us in the same old job to do.
Company’s vision and Business Strategy: Your focus should be to first gain a solid understanding of the company’s vision and business strategy and take stock of what exists within the company. Specifically, find answers to the following questions by interviewing internal resources:
- Company’s vision and business strategy
- What are the current hypotheses?
- What are the data points (customers, research sources, analysts, partners etc.) that have been used to arrive at the vision and business strategy?
If your job is anything like the product owners I work with, they spend 80% or more driving on current production issues or getting ready for the next sprint. They have very little time for really looking at the big picture.
We just kicked of a "Review" of one of our company's business groups to do exactly the above; we're digging in to each data point we cite and verifying if it is still valid, if the number we quote is right and what else can the numbers tell us. It's a great exercise for shaking up the thought process. Best of all, we're uncovering opportunities!