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10 Questions to Ask Before Starting a New Project

In project management, keeping everyone on the same page is difficult. Sharing the same viewpoint within the team or with the project manager is essential for the project success.

In this article at The Pragmatic Bookshelf, Jonathan Rasmusson suggests ten basic questions to answer before starting a new project. He believes that answering these questions will help in better project alignment and expectation setting.

Be Explicit & Ask

To learn and clearly understand your client’s requirement, gaining in-depth knowledge of their requirements and purpose of the project is essential. Ask these questions to gain clarity:

  1. Project Purpose: Understanding the purpose of the project is pivotal and how you are achieving it is the subsequent part of it. Answering this will help you and the team to make smart project execution decisions.
  2. Elevator Pitch: It tells what the project is, who is it for, why it is essential to execute within a certain time frame, etc. It gives a detailed structure of the project basics.
  3. Design a Project Box: It helps in understand the client’s perspective and improves teamwork.
  4. Maintain a ‘No’ List: Saying ‘yes’ for everything is easy but saying ‘no’ to the client is tough. This part will help in setting right expectations while helping them eliminate a lot of upfront waste.
  5. Meeting Project Community: It’s a misconception that the project involves only teams, project manager, and There are more essential people to establish a relationship with before going live.
  6. Telegraphing Punches: Make sure everyone is clear on how to use certain tools or architecture when you focused on solving the project.
  7. Identifying Risk: A project may carry numerous risks and addressing all of them is not possible. That is why, clearly identifying and addressing essential risks is important.
  8. Project Size: This one requires high-level story planning and estimation. The ‘no’ list will help in this part.
  9. What’s Going On: As all projects have limitations like budget, scope, quality and time, it is better to clarify what’s utmost essential and what’s flexible.
  10. What It Will Take: You need to answer the stakeholders about the time the project is expected to take and how much will it cost. In a pre-sold project case, the budget has been decided in advance, so you need to tell if the decided budget is feasible enough for the assigned project.

Answering the inception deck for the project will help in answering the client or stakeholders easily. Also, it helps in creating project charter easily. Read the original article on the following link: https://pragprog.com/magazines/2010-10/way-of-the-agile-warrior

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