Mistake-proofing is the use of process design features to facilitate correct actions, prevent simple errors, or mitigate the negative impact of errors. Poka-yoke is Japanese slang for mistake-proofing, a term coined by Shigeo Shingo. Here is a good example of mistake proofing a process by Paul Aker at Fastcap.
For more on Poka Yoke visit Mistake Proofing Help.
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