DRY Quality Management Systems – Don’t repeat yourself

Today I came across an interesting TLA (three letter acronym for the uninitiated) that is used in Software Engineering called DRY – Don’t repeat yourself. The basis of the principle is to reduce the repetition of information by ensuring every piece of knowledge has a single, unambiguous, authoritive representation within a system. Basically a single source of truth.

The application of this methodology in business management systems (quality, safety and environment) provides for a more maintainable, extensible system that is easy to navigate and locate information.

So the next time you are preparing or developing a quality management system (QMS), safety management system (SMS) or environmental management system (EMS) ask yourself – is it DRY or is it WET (Write Everything Twice).