Today’s Data Hack Tuesday tip may seem obvious, but is too often overlooked. Before analyzing data for any project, it is important to consider the design first. This will mean asking yourself a few questions: 1) What metrics apply to this project? 2) Is this the right model for this job? 3) Is there any way to further optimize the compute time? 4) Am I using the right formats for input and output? These four questions will help guide all subsequent decisions as your project advances.