Cracking the First 90 Days as a Product Manager: A Complete Guide

Stepping into the role of a product manager can be simultaneously exciting and overwhelming, given the multifaceted nature of the job. At the intersection of business, technology, and user experience, product managers need to hit the ground running to make an impact in the first 90 days on the job. Learn strategies for early product management success from experts at DocuSign, Nike, and Google.

Understanding the Product and User Base

At the core of a product manager’s role is a deep understanding of the problems their products solve for users. Google’s user-centric design and Nike’s engaging digital applications stress the importance of user perspective. DocuSign, with its streamlined e-signature solutions, showcases the importance of simplifying user experiences and solving real-world problems.

Building Internal Relationships and Leveraging Influence

As much as external user understanding is vital, so is internal collaboration and relationship building. Product managers often work without direct authority over their teams, underscoring the significance of cultivating great work relationships. Product managers build allies through coffee chats and strategic questions, aiding project progression.

Embracing Experimentation and Data-Driven Decisions

A hallmark of successful companies like Google and Nike is their commitment to experimentation and innovation. As a product manager, it’s crucial to foster a data-driven culture that encourages testing new ideas, learning from failures, and making informed decisions backed by solid user data.

Setting Milestones for Credibility and Quick Wins

Early success as a product manager is often gauged by the ability to score quick wins. These wins not only bolster one’s credibility within the organization but also set the stage for larger, more ambitious projects. Quick wins serve as a testament to a product manager’s knack for navigating challenges and efficiently steering the product towards user and business goals.

Fostering Mentors and Lifelong Learning

The journey of a product manager is one of constant learning and development. Reaching out to mentors and enrolling in courses that refine product management skills can propel one’s career forward. Pragmatic Leaders connects aspiring professionals with global mentors, as Chandrika found guidance at DocuSign and Google.


Cracking the first 90 days as a product manager requires a blend of user understanding, internal network building, innovation, and quick problem-solving. By observing and implementing the strategies used by product managers at DocuSign, Nike, and Google, one can chart a course for success in any product management role. Product development constants: solve user challenges, build relationships, commit to continuous learning and experimentation.

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