At the Data School, we are constantly challenged and pushed with limited time projects. This is to develop our time management capabilities, to teach us to set realistic goals and to give us the confidence and knowledge that we can do it.
So, what have I learned? In this post, I will go over my top tips on how to approach a time-limited project.
Step One – Finding your Story
You have been inspired to start a project on a certain topic or you have been assigned a project by your employer. Where do you start? You have to find your story.
If your data has already been given to you, you can begin exploring the data. Identify the interesting parts of your data or find an issue you would like to investigate. Be careful not to spend too long exploring the data and deliberating on a story. Make note of what’s interesting and try to settle quickly on the story you would like to tell. I recommend writing down your story as it will help you keep to the topic and avoid wasting time by straying.