Staying In – Part n+8 The need for Paper

Normally one of our mantras is as little paper as possible.  Only ink signed contracts or items that should not exist online longer than necessary would be printed.  So far we have succeeded in cutting the paper to a minimum.  Less than 20 pages for all the work to date this year.

However, was talking to someone this afternoon and some of the following conditions came up:

  1. Testcases must be printed since it is not possible take a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone to the place where they are to be executed.  Paper is the only medium (plus a good writing device called a pencil).
  2. The test report must be filed on paper (regulation).
  3. Some items are secret and cannot be put into a computer system for security reasons.  Paper is the default storage.
  4. Some of the items that are stored in the computer system are only to be printed for if sufficient security clearance is provided.

So despite an attempt to reduce the paper usage to a minimum, we have not got rid of it entirely.  There are places where it is just not practical.

Please let us know of ‘unavoidable instances of paper usage’.

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