Monday, May 05, 2008

The Power to Simplify

I was in a meeting today where highly complex technical software was discussed. The discussion got mired down as a result of complexity. My sense is it will not sell or be able to be used unless it can be simplified.

A large part of good communication is simplification. Keeping things short, clear and to the point makes communication work well. People understand it better and remember it better.

Like a good book, well organized books that simplify win. There are few new ideas, there are only clarifications and simplifications of old ones.

Part of the goal then is to learn how to simplify Making things easier and simpler is smarter. This is a true art that we all should work towards.

2 Comments:

At 5:18 PM, Anonymous Allen Adams said...

While no one could argue that simple is not better, I would be wary of oversimplifying the problem if it is not the case. Too many managers are tricked by the nice looking facade that hides complexities, many of which cannot easily be explained in a meeting.

 
At 8:28 AM, Blogger ACE said...

great point.
well illustrated.

someone who walks his talk :)
thank you.

 

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