Big Red Car here. Going to have thunderstorms in the ATX today.
Be careful. Likely no top down today. So The Boss is talking to one of his brilliant CEOs and they get on the subject of how complex everything is today.
A truth that is more and more apparent every day. Bottom line what can you really do about it all? Like any large undertaking, you have to break it down to its constituent parts and take them one at a time.
How does one eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
When The Boss was building high rise office buildings, he would break the building itself down into the following components:
Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection; communication systems;
In this manner what could have been overwhelming was reduced to a single consideration at any given instant in time. Each of these individual components had their own subsystem of complexity to be further subdivided until you reached a granular level. One bit indeed.
Take as an example windows:
Window attachment method;
Long term cleaning methodology; and,
Testing the completed assembly.
Once the window type had been specified and selected using performance criteria based competitive bidding, a chart was made to double check each of these components. Then as they were installed, each window was tested for compliance. Even in a 1,000 window building each window was its own little project until all windows had been certified. Then a random test was conducted to ensure compliance with the specifications and to ensure performance. When diligently done, the failure rate was typically less than 1%. These windows were repaired and retested.
In construction, as in life, you get what you INSPECT not what you EXPECT.
Because the contractors knew their work would be tested, they all did it right the first time.
In the complex things you and your business do, a technique to reduce the tension, complexity and confusion is to break each and every system, product into its essential components and focus on them one by one. Then test the results and move on to the next component. In this manner, complexity is reduced to simplicity.
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time with Tabasco.
Need a bit of help? Call The Boss at 512-656-1383, drop him an email firstname.lastname@example.org or Skype him at “jeffminch”. He will be glad to help cause that’s what he does.