Potential First Questions to Ask When Starting a Project

Quick Tip

Ever been assigned to a project and not sure where to start? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Our experts and other business analysts have been in that position too. One key is not to assume anything. There is no question to ask when starting a project that is too small. By asking, you’re not only getting the background you need to understand the project, you might just uncover something that needs to be addressed before moving forward.

As part of a crowdsourcing activity at the BBC Conference a couple of years ago, we asked BA experts and practitioners to share their go-to questions to ask when starting a project. We compiled their answers to create this Quick Tip. You’ll notice many of the questions listed are all about understanding the problem/opportunity and what success looks like. For more help, download our Ask the Right Questions checklist.

Questions to Ask When Starting a Project Quick Tip

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Process Improvement

Determine the best approach and know how to get started.

Right Project Solution

Ensure you’re delivering the “right” project solution.

Transition to Agile

Make the transition from waterfall smooth.

Context Level Data Flow Diagram

Leverage this diagram throughout your project’s lifecycle.

High Performing Team

Ideas on how to create your high performing team.

Remote Facilitation

Adequately prepare and setup your remote session.

Definition of Done

Determine when you’re done with a project or iteration.

User Training & Project Implementation

Implement your project in a manner that encourages user acceptance.

Requirements Gathering

Techniques to improve your elicitiation efforts.

Stakeholder Engagement

Get the right people engaged at the right time.

Prioritize Requirements

Make the most of your stakeholders’ time and organization’s resources.

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