Five Step Engineering Process

Elon Musk's design process

Published: Thursday, Aug 4, 2022 Last modified: Thursday, Dec 8, 2022

  1. Make your requirements less dumb - question requirements even from a smart person
  2. Try hard to Delete the part or process, if you’re occassionally not adding back in, you’re not deleting enough!
  3. Simplify or Optimise - biggest mistake optimise something that shouldn’t exist
  4. Accelerate cycle time (improve iteration speed)
  5. Automate

Elon admits he made the mistake of going backwards.