Simplicity

These are two of my favourite quotes:

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

One of the most trendy management style is based on the KISS principle: Keep It Simple and Stupid.

KISS Keep It Simple Stupid and Short

KISS Keep It Simple Stupid and Short

I have seen too many projects and processes that became so complex, that they were not useful or the change barrier was too high to make them viable.

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  1. Agustin Castellanos

    If something walks like a dog, barks like a dog, smells like a dog and looks like a dog… it is most likely to be a dog. Trying not to make things more complex than they appear to be is a sound management approach. Sometimes we even follow it.

    Congratulations for your new blog and good luck!!!

  2. Good luck my friend

    And be water jejejeje

  3. This is a great truth. Why do we always think the best way is the most complex? Normally the easiest solution is in front of us.

    Good luck with this challenge!!!

  4. Francis Cordon

    Specifically in the Software space we find more and more companies gravitating towards this simplicity model (and interestingly enough, unraveling the mess and going back to ‘simple’ seems to not be simple – urgh!). 
    With tag lines like ‘Reducing to the Max’ or ‘Make it (or IT) Simple’ it is evident the user community has had enough complexity. Long gone are the days in which applications implemented features just because it was technically possible, and yes, ‘cool’ from a technical standpoint, many time at the expense of sacrificing user friendliness or worse, without a direct connection to end-user value. 
    As an individual committed to and with a passion for contributing to the design of Applications that users love (because they solve problems, because they
    look good, because they are a ‘pleasure’ to use) I couldn’t agree more with this. 
    Now, however, I would like to present the following dilemma. Once I was speaking with a good friend of mine about this concept of simplicity and user-friendliness. My friend is a software engineer / architect with many years of experience. One of the ‘buts’ in his mind was: not all the Apps are, from the standpoint of what they are designed to do, as simple as a Google Search or an Apple application with a big button in the center of the screen. In other words, sometimes what Apps need to do is complex and the design of the App then may need to be complex. What about this? Is ‘reducing to the max’ so important that we should even sacrifice ‘features’? For instance, some iPhone versions of PC Apps do implement only a subset of the functionality, *because nobody has figured out how to include it all and still be an iPhone-friendly App*. Do you find yourself enjoying the simplicity of the App or missing the functionality that didn’t make it into the iPhone version?
    Comments welcome!

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