Exploratory Data Analysis
When suggesting EDA to others, I've been puzzled: do I recommend they read one of the books, which is likely more than they want to start? Do I tell them about particular techniques, which miss the flavor and contribution of EDA?
A year or two ago, I discovered John Behrens' Principles and Procedures of Exploratory Data Analysis, which seems to contain principles and some of the common procedures. I'm noting this here, both for you to find and for me to re-find more easily in the future.
In searching for this article, I ran across Chong-ho Yu's site on Exploratory data analysis and Data visualization, which seems to provide a good introduction to the ideas of EDA as expressed by Behrens. That doesn't seem surprising, as Yu seems to have studied under Behrens at ASU.