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Business analysts are expected to dive in to a project, and start contributing as quickly as possible in order to make a positive impact. Sometimes the project is already underway, and other times there is a vague understanding about what the project is or why it exists. Business analysts face lots of ambiguity early on, and are tasked with clarifying the scope, requirements, and business objectives as quickly as possible.
Getting oriented is the key to success early on, so it makes sense to dive knee-deep into detailed requirements right away. Doing so very likely means a quick start in the wrong direction.
Taking the time, whether it's a few hours, days, or at most, a few weeks to get oriented to a project will ensure the analyst is not only moving quickly but able to be an effective and confident contributor on a project. The Get Oriented Checklist is a tool to help analysts get oriented.
Getting oriented is when business analysts learn what they don't know. This step gets the information needed to be successful and effective on a project.
Uncovering and getting customer agreement regarding business needs early on in a project but before scope is defined is the quickest path to a successful project
Key responsibilities in this step include: