I always hated that question in school when my teacher would inquire. What they meant was: “you arrived at an answer…did you confirm it was the RIGHT answer?” Unless I would lie to him/her, the answer was usually “no”.
In college, I discovered just how important that was. In my first programming test, I was the first to finish…and my result was very impressive:
The problem was that the answer was wrong. I never pulled out a calculator to check my work. I never verified the result. I failed the test.
This week, I was reminded how important that checking my work is. We are developing reports that summarize large revenue streams by ZIP code and the answers can look very impressive…and still be very wrong. If I didn’t check my work, I could easily be tempted to give my leader faulty information which would lead to bad decisions.
Do you check your work? Do you obsess to make sure your answers are accurate?
Thanks for listening.