Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Less with Less

In 28+ years of government service every organization I have been a part of has always been tasked to “Do More with Less” .  Recently a Colleague with another DOT wrote:

We have gotten to the point where we decided to “do less with less”. There are certain processes we have eliminated. We scrutinize every process to decide “is this really needed to complete a task” or is it the case of “this is the way we’ve always done it.”  With the lack of state funding, we have told our public we simply can’t provide the same level of service they’ve become accustomed to.

I never really gave much thought to doing “less with less” it seems to go against everything that I have ever been taught.  The more I think about it the more it makes sense.  Always doing more with less is an experiment in diminishing returns.  One may be able to do it for a while but eventually you will be left  with realization - “Less is not More”. 

What does this have to do with MicroStation or GEOPAK?  The actual programs —Nothing.  The way you use them—Everything.

There is always more than one way to accomplish anything in a CADD program.  The way you do something is not necessarily better or worse than the way someone else does.  Though one way may be more efficient than another.

Do “less with less” with CADD, simply means taking a look at your processes, choosing the most efficient way of doing things.  Less steps, less button pushes, less work.  - “LESS with LESS.”