Code Lab's goal is to facilitate a space for analysts to give and receive feedback on statistical code. In the current environment, the vast majority of programs are written and only reviewed by the analyst who authored the program. This leaves little to no opportunity for growth. Through sharing best practices, we can raise our standards and improve the consistency of code across the organization, leading to a reduction in errors and higher quality research.
Code Lab is a monthly one-hour meeting that will take place during the lunch hour, in which lunch will be provided for the attendees. All attendees will be asked to first RVSP to the session by filling out a Code Lab Issue Pairing Form, which will be sent to the MCommunity group the week prior to the session. The pairing form will gather information from each analyst, such as the particular issue they'd like help with, as well as reasonable goals to accomplish during our meeting time. Analysts will be paired together based on a simple algorithm that accounts for areas of expertise and areas of need. Each pair will spend the first half of Code Lab walking through Person 1's code line-by-line, and at the midway point through the session, the pair will switch roles and walk through the Person 2's code line-by-line.
To join the MCommunity Group and to RSVP, contact Blanche Blumenthal.