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Five Stages to Hyper-Successful Automation

Influenced by Elon Musk and SpaceX, These Five Stages Will Transform Your Success in Just About Every Automation Endeavor

Despite Elon’s focus on manufacturing in this , these stages of innovation are applicable across almost every aspect of business, R&D, and even the simplest tasks we undertake each day. Internalize them and it could change your work and your life.


IMPORTANT! Do not change the order of these stages.
Make requirements less dumb
Delete parts and processes
Go faster


First, your requirements are definitely dumb. It does not matter who gave them to you and it's particularly dangerous if a smart person gave you the requirements because you might not question them enough. Everyone's wrong, no matter who you are, everyone's wrong some of the time. Whatever requirement or constraint you have, it must come with a name — not a department — because you can't ask the department about requirements; you have to ask a person and that person who's putting for the requirement or constraint must agree that they must take responsibility for that requirement. Otherwise you can have a requirement that basically an intern two years ago, randomly came up with off the cuff and they don't even have the company anymore.
Try very hard to delete the part or process. This is actually very important. If you are not occasionally adding things back in, you are not deleting parts or processes enough. The bias tends to be very strongly towards adding this part of the process in case we need it. But you can basically make in case for so many things that are ultimately unnecessary.
The third step is similar to the second step; possibly the most common error of a smart engineer is to optimize the thing that should not exist.
Step four, accelerate cycle time. You're moving too slowly go faster. But do not go faster until you worked on the first three steps. First, I'll give you pain. If you're being and you know, your grade, don't take it faster, stop picking your grade. Uh, So, Uh, but it's, you can always make me go faster. Um, and then
The final step is automate. I have personally made the mistake of going backwards on all five steps multiple times. Don’t do that.
Elon Musk

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