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Taking over a project and previous project lead rarely spends time with me. I mean for the issues with documentation, I am able to nearly understand everything, but a lot of the scope discussion were already done but in his head only. In this case, should I try grabbing him or setting up calls with business again to collect everything?

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Do both, I’m in a similar situation now and you need to understand from the old project lead first then do info sessions with cross functional teams to validate

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I don't think can just sit the former team lead down and say, "Tell me what I need to know." If I were you, I would first spend time talking to the team members and learn what you can from them. Then, once you start to get a impression of how the team works, schedule time with the former team lead to answer specific questions and fill in the gaps. It is difficult to know what you don't know, so going into that discussion with a firm idea of what you need to know is going to be much more productive.

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I feel like this is a better approach. Rather than trying to sit down with someone super busy, try to get more background from others and look to him to validate those things. It'll be a shorter and more focused discussion then

Basically, there's no way for me to know what already happened without him spending quality time with me OR a very detailed clear documentation from him ...

Have you tried addressing with the colleague and explaining what you need from them to be successful?

Yeah that’s a tough situation. I’d suggest first addressing it with the colleague directly. If you still aren’t seeing any engagement or support, escalate to their manager and explain the situation. Without knowing the entire situation, it would also be important to understand why they were pulled off the project and if they’re still on your team or they report up through another team. If they’re still on your team, you might be able to work through this. If they’ve already moved to another team, your probably out of luck and may want to consider reworking things.

Do whatever it takes to make sure your work is documented

I think you should try, you can earn more in business than before

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