I'm a data analyst. I get assigned small projects.
The projects usually take anywhere from 1 day to 2 weeks to complete.
An example would be: Create a system/query that will generate a list of roads that are suitable for next year's asphalt crack-seal program.
Unfortunately, I don't usually get good direction from management about projects.
I would like to come up with some standard questions to ask management (and stakeholders) that would encourage them to put the project into context and give me the direction I need to be successful.
The questions might resemble something like this:
- What is our department's overall goal? *
- What problem are we trying to solve?
- What happens if we don’t solve it?
- Why do we need to solve it now?
(Also, how will we know if we succeeded? And as a follow up: Did the product withstand the test of time?)
* The department's goal has already been defined, I just want to remind people of it and tie the project back to it.
Are there industry-standard questions that I could ask so that I get good direction from management and stakeholders?