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Is there any template you have for what to do and what questions to ask to gain a complete understanding of a new department that has been assigned to you to manage.

for example-

Ask the following questions
   What is the scope of local work, how measured, budget, workflows, where are documents, who are the global contacts, etc....

 

stenya's picture

 DonatoJapan, listen to the Mergers & Acquisitions podcast for a nice summary of "Briefing your business." It's not a document template, though you can use it to create a list of questions to understand how the department 
works, 
what 
it 
does, who 
does 
what, 
strengths
 and 
weaknesses
, 
and
 plans 
for 
the
 future. The podcast goes into more depth on five key areas to cover - you can find it here:

www.manager-tools.com/2006/08/managing-during-mergers-and-acquistions-part-1-of-2

Hope that helps - and congratulations on your new team. :-)

-Chris