Saturday, June 6, 2009

Automatisation

In the company that I work for, there is a lot of focus on automatisation and efficiency. Two things that I really like. In the process of finding tasks to automate, and in working to automate them, the following rule of thumb have appeared in the back of my mind.
If you aren't creating any new information while performing a certain task,
that task should be automated.

The idea  is that if all you are doing is shuffling information around, you shouldn't be doing it at all.

Another rule of thumb that recently appeared in my mind is this.
If you are creating new information, that information should be entered into
a database, so that further automatisation will be simplified.

The idea here is that if you are indeed creating new information, that information should be created in such form as to best  help automated tasks to be built using that new information. If you create new information and just put it in a spread sheet on your desktop or sending it to someone in an email, you aren't preparing that information for reuse.

In short, make it as easy as possible to reuse the information that you are creating. How do you best reuse information?

Automatically of course.

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