Tag: method r

  • The Origins of Method R

    The Origins of Method R

    This thing called “Method R” is a method for optimizing the performance of a system. The reason Method R is special is that it is itself optimized—it is designed to keep you from wasting your time. This article is about where Method R came from. In the Beginning… In the 1990s, the world was a boomtown for Oracle.…

  • The Algorithm, Part 2

    The Algorithm, Part 2

    Last week, I posted about Elon Musk’s The Algorithm. I love its five steps, but I had to deal with some dissonance when I compared The Algorithm with my own Method R. Why, for example, is “question every requirement” the very first thing in Elon’s algorithm, but it’s not mentioned in my How to Make Things…

  • The Algorithm

    The Algorithm

    Lately I’ve been listening to Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson on Everand. One particularly interesting topic to me is what Elon calls The Algorithm. It is the factory optimization method that he learned from running the factories at SpaceX and Tesla. I’d like to share my reaction to it. Here it is, The Algorithm: My…

  • Another Filter Early Opportunity: the Unfiltered Email

    Another Filter Early Opportunity: the Unfiltered Email

    To: all@yourcompany.com From: bigprocess@yourcompany.com ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES: YOUR X-9 REPORT IS DUE BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS THIS FRIDAY. NO EXCEPTIONS! IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR X-9 REPORT IS FILED ACCURATELY AND ON TIME. Sincerely, etc., etc. (Please disregard this email if you have already submitted your X-9 report.) Have you ever gotten…