Experimental Strategy: Pre-Experimental Planning
Aim slow. Shoot fast.
To get the most useful information out of experimental program, a few hours of thought and preparation at the beginning are worth days or weeks of agony at the end. Far too rarely do experimenters go through a systematic process of defining their problem before rushing into the lab or operation to “get something done”. The guide is intended to make you think in those crucial first hours.
The DOE Master Guide Sheet is designed to be discussed and filled out by the project team. The team should have representation of all the key disciplines involved: engineers, scientists, operators, managers, and process experts. If all the elements on the sheet are discussed and filled in with care, the team should be well prepared to design and carry out the experiment.
Two Master Guides are provided below. The “basic” guide is designed for conventional experiments with at most a few dozen runs done in conventional equipment. The “HTE” guide is for high throughput experiments using robotic equipment and hundreds to thousands of runs.