I’ve been doing performance testing at work for the past few days. After I get measurements for a few “critical paths” in the application, I’ll have a baseline to measure improvements from, and, of course, have a better idea of what components in the app are slow, thus, which ones need extra care and performance tuning.
Analogous along those line is this short article about applying lean principles to “office work”: you know, things like PO’s, checking out customers credit, and other “administrative” stuff that often serves as a gateway for customers getting to the core product/service of a business. The idea is to “measure” the entire process, figure out which parts take a long time, and then spend extra time trying to speed up the performance of those parts.
(Via FC Blog.)