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Jan Van Ryswyck
Jan Van Ryswyck

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Do-nothing Scripting

I ran into this thought-provoking article the other day. I immediately set out to put it into practice by turning a daily checklist into a do-nothing script. Just having this checklist in a script changed our entire mindset. I already added some automation by letting the script open some web pages in the browser that needed to be used in certain steps.

This is a great way to start the automation effort of a repetitive manual process. It has the following advantages:

  • Maintain focus. Never lose track of where you are in the process.
  • Each step of the process is encapsulated in a function. This function can be replaced with a fully automated implementation.
  • You’ll create a library of useful steps, which can be reused for other scripts as well.

Just try it.

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