Here is a list of Steps to Data Analysis from the Data Analysis Coursera course.

  1. Define Question
  2. Define Ideal Dataset
  3. Define what data you can access
  4. Obtain the data
  5. Clean the data
  6. Exploratory Data analysis
  7. Statistical prediction
  8. Interpret results
  9. Challenge Results
  10. Writeup results
  11. Create reproducible code for others to recreate

Update: A couple of comments have been made indicating the following 2 steps be added.

  1. Missing Value Analysis
  2. Outlier management

What do you think? Is anything missing?