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Elon has a distillation of lessons learned while building capacity at Tesla's factories.
His algorithm challenges the status quo and proposes operating from first principles.
It has 5 laws and a few corollaries.
Each requirement should come with the name of the person who made it.
You should never accept that a requirement came from a department, such as from "the legal department" or "the safety department." You need to know the name of the real person who made that requirement.
Then you should question it, no matter how smart that person is. Requirements from smart people are the most dangerous, because people are less likely to question them. Always do so, even if the requirement came from me. Then make the requirements less dumb.
You may have to add them back later. In fact, if you do not end up adding back at least 10% of them, then you didn't delete enough.
Often we do things simply because we've always done them. Or because we think we need to. Or because it's our job, and therefore it must be important.
This should come after step two. A common mistake is to simplify and optimize a part or a process that should not exist.
Make sure you don't automate or optimize a process that doesn't need to exist in the first place. Sure, you can make percentage gains by making something better... but why not save 100 percent of the time, effort, or cost involved by eliminating something that creates no value?
Every process can be speeded up. But only do this after you have followed the first three steps.
"In the Tesla factory, I mistakenly spent a lot of time accelerating processes that I Iater realised should have been deleted."
In simple terms, the two major ways to increase productivity are :
That comes last.
The big mistake in Nevada and at Fremont (Tesla factories) was that I began by trying to automate every step.
We should have waited until all the requirements had been questioned, parts and processes deleted, and the bugs were shaken out.
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Elon's framework for problem solving explains a lot of his success.
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