Week 4 – Always remember the stakeholder

ask questions to make data-driven decisions weekly challenge 4 answers

1. A data analyst starts a new project for the operations team at their company. They take a few hours at the beginning of the project to identify their stakeholders. The secondary stakeholders are most likely which of the following people? Select all that apply.

  • The data analyst
  • The project manager
  • The president of the company
  • The vice president of operations


2. A data analyst is researching the buying behavior of people who shop at a company’s retail store and those who might shop there in the future. During the analysis, it will be important to stay in communication with the people who most often interact with these shoppers. They are members of the executive team.

  • True
  • False

3. There are four key questions data analysts ask themselves: Who is my audience? What do they already know? What do they need to know? And how can I communicate effectively with them? These questions enable data analysts to achieve what goal?

  • Understand who is managing the data
  • Communicate clearly with stakeholders and team members
  • Identify primary and secondary stakeholders
  • Complete data analysis projects on time

4. Data analysts pay attention to sample size in order to achieve what goals? Select all that apply.

  • To fully understand the scope of the analytics project
  • To avoid a small sample size leading to inaccurate judgements
  • To make sure the data represents a diverse set of perspectives
  • To make sure a few unusual responses don’t skew results

5. A data analyst receives an email from the vice president of marketing. The vice president is upset because the report they want from the analyst is late. Select the best course of action.

  • The analyst should call the vice president and ask them how important it really is to their marketing efforts.
  • The analyst should send the report immediately, even if it’s not completely finished. This will make the vice president happy.
  • The analyst should respond saying they understand the vice president’s concerns, provide a status update, and let the vice president know when to expect the completed report.
  • The analyst should apologize for the delay and inform the vice president that the marketing managers caused the delay.

6. Arriving at meetings prepared is an important part of creating a professional work environment. This involves which of the following actions? Select all that apply.

  • Bringing materials to take notes with
  • Considering what questions you may be asked so you’re prepared to answer
  • Reading the meeting agenda ahead of time
  • Bringing a laptop to keep an eye on emails

7. A data analyst joins an online meeting on time. After reviewing the agenda, they see that their project comes at the very end. They’re extremely busy and can use this time to stay on top of their current projects. How should they proceed?

  • Mute themselves and turn off the camera, then continue working on other tasks until their project is mentioned.
  • Tell the participants that they’re having technical trouble, then leave the meeting to continue working on other tasks.
  • Politely let the presenter know they’re going to leave the meeting and rejoin toward the end.
  • Stay focused and attentive during the entire meeting. Even though some items on the agenda don’t affect their projects, they could still learn something or have something to contribute.

8. Your data analytics team has been working on a project for a few weeks. You’re almost done, when your supervisor suddenly changes the business task. Everyone has to start all over again. You announce to the team that you’re going to say something to the supervisor about how unreasonable this is. What’s the best next step?

  • Insist that the entire data analytics team complain to your supervisor.
  • Go see your supervisor face-to-face and tell them why you’re so upset.
  • Write a polite, but strongly worded email to your supervisor.
  • Take a few minutes to calm down, then ask your colleagues to share their perspectives so you can work together to determine the best next step.


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9. A data analyst is researching the buying behavior of people who shop at a company’s retail store and those who might shop there in the future. During the analysis, it will be important to stay in communication with the team that most often interacts with these shoppers. What is the name of this team?

  • Data science team
  • Project management team
  • Executive team
  • Customer-facing team

10. You receive an angry email from a colleague on the marketing team. The marketing colleague believes you have taken credit for their work. You do not believe this is true. Select the best course of action.

  • Delete the email. It’s best not to create any additional conflict.
  • Reply to the email, asking if they can schedule a time to talk about this in person in order to allow both of you to share your perspectives.
  • Walk over to the marketing colleague’s cubicle, and tell them you strongly disagree.
  • Forward the email to the marketing director with an equally angry note.

Devendra Kumar

Project Management Apprentice at Google

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