DSAU22 is almost halfway through client project weeks, having completed 3 of the required 7. Our clients to date have been a disability service provider, an on-demand streaming platform, and a prominent Australian supermarket. Project 1 we were required to analyze data from 2 years of surveys and discover possible areas for expansion for the company. In Project 2 we analyzed the viewing habits of customers to assist the company in targeted email campaigns. Project 3 we analyzed trends of different stores to help improve the supermarket’s online delivery service. In this blog, I will take you through the 3 main things I have learned throughout my first 3 project weeks.  


1. Nothing will go as initially planned

I couldn’t tell you how often we’ve had to change direction due to unforeseen circumstances in our first 3 client projects. Whether this be due to missing data, discovering new insights, or just a change of mind, plans change. The best piece of advice I can give you is to just get on with it. It may be frustrating, you may have multiple hours of work go by the wayside due to the change, but at the end of the day, you don’t have time to get caught up, so just get on with it.

2. Stay composed under pressure

Project weeks are designed to put you under the pump. You have to balance putting together a business-ready outcome with training, so it’s full on for the entire week. During this time though, it’s vital to stay composed. Getting stressed out or getting carried away can be the difference between delivering a good product and delivering a great product at week’s end. I know it’s easier said than done, but do whatever you need to do to stay stress-free (as best you can). For me, I like to go for a quick walk to get some fresh air and clear my mind a little. Other people in my cohort like to get a coffee or grab a quick snack. Whatever works for you to stay composed under the pressure that is project week.

3. Focus on business outcomes

The one thing that echoes in my ears from the coaches is “What business question are you trying to answer?” Keeping this question in mind will help you immensely when building your dashboard and thinking of the story you’re going to tell when presenting. Keep the question concise and try to answer it in every detail of your dashboard and storytelling. This helps you stay on track and not get lost in the data, which is easy to do.


Project weeks are tough. They’re mentally exhausting, but once the week is over, you feel extremely rewarded. Stay composed, get on with it, and focus on the business outcome and you’ll do well! 

The Data School
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