• Question: What processes do you follow to catch any mistakes in your work?

    Asked by MiracleA on 28 Mar 2021.
    • Photo: Emma Robertson

      Emma Robertson answered on 26 Mar 2021:

      We have a range of processes in place for this to catch mistakes at varying times. One of the main ones I do is reviewing other people’s work. In our team, we make sure every piece of work we do is reviewed by someone else to ensure that any mistakes are spotted.

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      Anna Garcia-Teruel answered on 26 Mar 2021:

      In my work place we also have a similar system in place as Emma describes.
      We present our work while in progress in small working groups to get feedback from our colleagues and provide feedback to others. Every time a final result and report is generated this is reviewed internally by one or two of my colleagues. In terms of scientific research results, it is also common to then also publish the results in scientific journals, which requires a review process from other scientists. This also means getting feedback from other scientists outside of the workplace which can provide further insights.

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      Sarah-Jane Potts answered on 27 Mar 2021:

      I do alot of my work in a team and we have weekly meetings where we share our data and experiment plans. During these meetings we normally check each others work to provide feedback, support and identify and problems or mistakes. I also have my line manager review written work like application forms, presentations and reports to get a second opinion. When I am writing papers I normally have my line manager and anyone else who contributed to the work be a co-author and they will go through the work, add in anything they have to contribute and proof read the whole paper, usually going through it and annotating all of their thoughts down so I can make it better. When we submit our journal papers, the journal editor also gets people to review the paper and identify any problems that need correcting.