Bob Baird, Author at Inverse-Square
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Author: Bob Baird

In any business, time is money, with the upshot being that labor is money. Nearly every business has looked for ways to save money by reducing the amount of labor required to perform a task. Manufacturing companies have turned this into an art form through a variety of industrial engineering activities such as operations management, ergonomics, system simulations, and ongoing performance analysis of each step in the manufacture of a part. By reducing the time to perform each action, significant cost savings can be realized across an organization. This concept can also be applied to business operations, and the advancements in computing hardware and software have accelerated the adoption of process automation in the office, not just on the factory floor.

When figuring out whether it makes sense to buy or build (check out our infographic to help you with this decision), you might think that a big con to building might be the cost. Most people associate anything custom with being expensive....

I'm not really sure how it happened. I swore off formal process control documents when I left corporate life fifteen years ago, yet here I sit writing a blog post defending the use of Change Requests (CR) forms and actually meaning what I'm saying. I've grown to love CR forms, and I think our clients should too. Ask anyone who's been in a contract relationship how they feel about CR forms and the response is almost unanimous, they love to hate them. The reason is pretty straight forward; they tend to add project cost, slow things down and remove freedom. I used to feel the the same way and then I had to have one too many hard conversations at the end of a web application development project.