A typical attitude of a good analyst to improvement/development of new method or procedure can be expressed by a joke:
Obviously, good data depend on accurate repetition of verified analytical protocol. However, sometimes, logic of geological studies demands development of new procedures and/or methods. Staff at the Center of Geodynamics and Geochronology is always keen on such demands.
For example, as a request of ore geologists we have developed an Ar-Ar dating procedure by stepwise-heating in a resistance high temperature oven for gold-bearing pyrite-encapsulated sericite (Ivanov et al., 2015). By doing this we can constrain timing of gold-deposit formation.
As a request of paleoclimatologists we have developed a procedure for determination of bromine in sediments by wavelength dispersive and total reflection X-ray fluorescence methods (Pashkova et al., 2015). It appeared that bromine is a good paleoclimatic proxy.