Tag: optimizing

  • On Perfectionism

    On Perfectionism

    Once I asked one of my employees, an outstanding software developer named Dave, an interview question: “If I were to call your most recent manager, what would he identify as a fault in your work that I should look out for?” He smiled. I could tell the answer came to him immediately, but he took…

  • 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…