This week we had to revise our IRB. This isn’t the worst of things but it has made me realize just how intensive they are. We had all of one weekend to enjoy the brief feeling of success after the initial submission. Even though it was a minor setback it was an even greater learning experience. There area a lot of parallels between an IRB and safety factors in engineering. Just as in designing something you need to have some redundancy to ensure that it does not fail when one aspect of the design fails. In the same way, if one part of the IRB is not clear enough it isn’t the worst of ideas to reiterate what you are trying to say in multiple parts. In this way the safety factor is increased and the chance of failing the submission process decreases. All in all it has been a great learning experience and after our re-submission we are ready to start prototyping our project.
At the moment it is a lot of planning. We have an idea of what we want to do, now we just need to find a way to implement it. This means that we need to research which platform makes the most sense for our web application. Once we have this figured out then it is just a matter of getting over the learning curve. I am excited to start building but we need to make sure not to rush into something just to have us change directions later because we did not plan. However, on the flip side we only have seven weeks left. Hopefully we can find the middle ground where we don’t make poor decisions due to rushing things while at the same time keeping up with our deadlines.