Digging into a project

I recently started (another) new project. I find that whenever I start a new project, there are a few places I begin digging in:

  • finding whatever documentation I can (requirements, diagrams, contracts, project plans, emails, meeting notes, etc...) - it's a mad dash to get anything that's been written down about the project

  • finding (or making) a list of who's doing what - many times new projects come with new faces and names, keeping everyone straight can take some effort early on

  • starting a new notebook or electronic notes file - I write down my open questions, my assumptions, and my ideas around testing/design/time-lines

When a new project gets dumped on your lap, where do you start first?