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So you work in the lab. Sequencing or purifying, cloning or centrifuging, there is one thing that every lab professional has had experience with. SOP’s, or standard operating procedures. Some come in book form, very thick book form. Some are instruction sheets from pre-fab kits. Others come from a prior bench jockey’s notebook, including all his random doodling. No matter where they come from, your standard procedures or protocols are usually clearly defined. The exact nanogram of sample, where the pipette tip is inserted, and how you swirl or spin a sample are all important things that can make or break your experiment if done incorrectly. But plans fail inside the lab. Outside the lab, in the world of business, plans don’t always work like you envisioned. So back to that desire to leave your carefully ...