5 questions to ask before every design project

Basic questions to see the bigger picture and build an end to end rationale.

When I was in grad school, one of the things hardwired into our brain was to never stop thinking about the user. We (students) would do lots of research, design, fail, design and then end up with something user-centered (at least in our minds). As anyone working in the real world may know, there are plenty of constraints (organizational, technical and otherwise) that can quickly become distractions and make us lose sight of what may be called essentials when designing a product.
A few weeks ago, when reflecting on my own workflow and design process I asked myself — What are the few things that I must know before I start working on any project?
I listed the questions based on these goals –