Templates were built in parallel, in order to avoid pauses in progress whilst waiting for feedback. For each template the following generic approach was followed.
A meeting took place with the scientist(s) to thoroughly
gather requirements and understand the step-by-step experimental procedure with any conditions and results mapped out. On occasion the
biologist gave a laboratory demonstration of their experiment. A high-level understanding of the science would be obtained, since this
is the key to implementing a successful data capture workflow.
Familiarisation with the client's results and conditions dictionaries and business rules, so as to avoid introducing replicate entries. Checking that a new template
is really required or if a current one can be extended. The documented requirements would then be reflected back to the customer with any required follow-up meetings
before proceeding with implementation.
There was communication with the biologist throughout the process with demonstrations of the template during implementation, so any shift in requirements could be
quickly addressed. Clear interfaces were designed with step-by-step instructions. This is especially important for future scenarios where the scientist who is
performing the experiment may not have been involved in the build.
Finally before providing the template to the scientist it would be rigorously tested with both data provided by the scientist and mocked up test files.
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