Thursday, April 7, 2011

NVA - Overproduction or Overengineering

Over production or over engineering are considered a non-value add and a waste. When we try to add unnecessary steps to a process or make it more complicated than it is required we are creating more chances of creating defects in our work.

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A few examples are
  1. Having too many slides in a presentation. You loose the audience and are unable to get the right message across.
  2. Too many and too long reports - are you sending reports that take just too long to create and no one really looks at it? Then maybe its time to stop doing it.
  3. Creating too many copies of a report - are you customizing the report so much that you are creating multiple copies. Then look at how you can combine them. The more copies you have the more place you have to make updates where there are changes and the higher the likelihood of creating defects.
  4. Rewriting steps of a test cases - Are you writing the same steps several times in several places? If yes then try to create a test that can be called often. This will save a lot of maintenance time.


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