Week 1 – Effective questions

ask questions to make data-driven decisions weekly challenge 1 answers

1. Structured thinking involves which of the following processes? Select all that apply.

  • Revealing gaps and opportunities
  • Recognizing the current problem or situation
  • Organizing available information
  • Asking SMART questions

2. A data analyst creates data visualizations and a slideshow. Which phase of the data analysis process does this describe?

  • Prepare
  • Act
  • Share
  • Process

3. A recycling center that sponsors a podcast about saving the environment is an example of what strategy?

  • Defining the problem to be solved
  • Making recommendations
  • Staying on budget
  • Trying to reach a target audience

4. A data analyst is working for a local power company. Recently, many new apartments have been built in the community, so the company wants to determine how much electricity it needs to produce for the new residents in the future. A data analyst uses data to help the company make a more informed forecast. This is an example of which problem type?

  • Spotting something unusual
  • Discovering connections
  • Making predictions
  • Identifying themes

5. Describe the key difference between the problem types of categorizing things and identifying themes.

  • Categorizing things involves determining how items are different from each other. Identifying themes brings different items back together in a single group.
  • Categorizing things involves assigning grades to items. Identifying themes involves creating new classifications for items.
  • Categorizing things involves taking inventory of items. Identifying themes deals with creating labels for items.
  • Categorizing things involves assigning items to categories. Identifying themes takes those categories a step further, grouping them into broader themes.

6. Which of the following examples are leading questions? Select all that apply.

  • What do you enjoy most about our service?
  • How did you learn about our company?
  • In what ways did our product meet your needs?
  • How satisfied were you with our customer representative?


7. The question, “Why don’t our employees complete their timesheets each Friday by noon?” is not action-oriented. Which of the following questions are action-oriented and more likely to lead to change? Select all that apply.

  • What functionalities would make our timesheet web page more user-friendly?
  • What features could we add to our calendar app as a weekly timesheet reminder to employees?
  • How could we simplify the time-keeping process for our employees?
  • Why don’t employees prioritize filling out their timesheets by noon on Fridays?

8. On a customer service questionnaire, a data analyst asks, “If you could contact our customer service department via chat, how much valuable time would that save you?” Why is this question unfair?

  • It is closed-ended
  • It uses slang words that not everyone can understand
  • It is vague
  • It makes assumptions

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9. Organizing available information and revealing gaps and opportunities are part of what process?

  • Identifying connections between two or more things
  • Categorizing things
  • Using structured thinking
  • Applying the SMART methodology

10. The share phase of the data analysis process typically involves which of the following activities? Select all that apply.

  • Summarizing results using data visualizations
  • Communicating findings
  • Creating a slideshow to present to stakeholders
  • Putting analysis into action to solve a problem

Devendra Kumar

Project Management Apprentice at Google

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