I work routinely as a freelance software architect helping clients with their software projects. There’s a certain sameness to coming onboard a project. There are a ton of questions to which I need answers as I try to come up to speed. It’s often hard to know where to start. I’ve put together this guide for me and my clients to help smooth my on-boarding process.
Multiple Project Views
I prefer not to think of the problem of coming up to speed as getting answers to a bunch of questions. I like to think of it as building multiple mental models of the project, each of which is a different view of the project.