Gartner Research

How to Handle Your First 100 Days as an Application Leader

Published: 14 February 2014

ID: G00257844

Analyst(s): Bill Swanton , Matthew Hotle


In the first 100 days, new application leaders are challenged to quickly gain knowledge and build the relationships required to become effective in their roles and to exceed stakeholders' expectations. Gartner has developed checklists, analysis tools and best practices for this purpose.

Table Of Contents


  • Our Assumptions About Your Job Profile
  • Why You're in This Role, and Why Now
  • Meet Your Manager, Then Plan Your First Week
  • Building Your 100-Day Plan: Inputs
    • Identify Stakeholders and What You Need to Know From Them
    • Inventory the Applications and Systems for Which You're Accountable
    • Review Your Budget and Year to Date Actuals
    • Determine the Health of Your Processes and Governance
    • Identify Critical Events (Significant Target Dates/Milestones)
    • Identify Collaborative Key Initiatives.
  • Top Concerns When Correlating Key Data From Stakeholders
  • Checklist of Detailed Actions and Timeline
    • Preparation Actions Prior to Your First Day
    • Actions in Your First Week
    • Actions to Complete in the First 15 Days
    • Actions to Complete in 15 to 30 Days
    • Actions to Complete in 30 to 45 Days
    • Actions to Complete in 45 to 60 Days
    • Actions to Complete in 60 to 75 Days
    • Actions to Complete in 75 to 100 Days
  • Appendices: Sample Questions and Stakeholder Worksheet
    • Appendix 1. Discussion Points for the First Meeting With Your Manager
    • Appendix 2. Discussion Points for Meetings With Business Users
    • Appendix 3. Stakeholder Analysis Worksheet
    • Appendix 4. Overview of Available Gartner Toolkits

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