Is validating our work really that time consuming?

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In my industry, and yours, validation of the work we do is critical to make sure that the products and services we provide are up to standard and fit for purpose. E.g. an MOT. But often, validation is over looked and seen as a process pushed by a “manager” to tick a process box. But on the other hand, we highly value the time we spend on procrastination validation. How much time do we spend on such activities and how does it compare to the validation that we should prioritise but happily neglect?

Why do we validate? Or rather, why do we happily validate when there are no set or agreed criteria to validate against and there are no real gains from the validation. But as soon as we have agreed criteria and there is something to be gained from the validation. Well, then we are most reluctant to waste the time on this extra work.

Example. Procrastination validation on social media posts and comments relating to food, selfies, cats and cucumbers etc. The average person in 2017 spent 116 min a day on social media (Reference 1) and, based on my own “validation” on that statistic, the average person did not make any great advances physically or spiritually as a result of the time spent.

Validation methodology. The methodology I used in validating the above statistic, was the old and tested technique we all use. I am of course talking about the “I bloody know what I am talking about”. We make quick judgments (Validations) about facts, fiction, people, cats, pasta and shelves. Based on our 30 second google research and our vast experiences on every subject known to man.

116 min a day!!

The time you have left in between social media, eating and sleeping we spend working. At work, validation is often critical to our results and for us to get paid. If we, at least that is what they tell us, validate our work against the standards and processes that industry experts have spend a significant amount of time developing, testing and training “you” on. We could help the company, help the clients, progress our career and become experts our self, as a result of knowing how to deliver great products and services.

What is the most used comment to the request to learn new validation standards and actually using them?

“it’s a lot of work and I don’t have time”.


Example. In my industry, validation is key. The average architect or engineer need to learn a handful of validation points to be used as they are working. They would need to run through the validation again before sending information out or using incoming information and they would need to do a more thorough validation every quarter or so per project. Total validation time spend. . . ball park. . . about 400min per month or to put it in a different way. 4 days of social media validation.

The average person spend about 3h per week on social media during work hours (Reference 2) or 30 min per day. That is 10 min more than the professional validation of one’s work require per day.

I’m just saying!



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