In Uncategorized on July 13, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I love the old K.I.S.S method (Keep It Simple Stupid!) and was unaware that its origins came from the likes of  Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” ( you gotta love wikipedia don’t you?)

I also admire Edward De Bono’s view on simplicity and feel its worth sharing with others. If you ever get the opportunity to read his book ‘Simplicity’ I would recommend it.

I personally can relate many of these principles to the complexity of the worlds Educational Systems…but that is another blog (or series of blogs) altogther!

Simplicity Principles

  1. You need to put a high value on simplicity
    To get simplicity you have to want to get it. To want to get simplicity you have to put a high value on simplicity.
  2. You must be determined to seek simplicity
    People quite like simplicity if it does not cost anything but are usually unwilling to invest resources in making something more simple.
  3. You need to understand the matter very well
    If you do not seek to understand a situation or process, your efforts will be ’simplistic’ rather than simple. Simplicity before understanding is worthless.
  4. You need to design alternatives
    It is not a matter of designing the ‘one right way’. It is more a matter of designing alternatives and possibilities, and then selecting one of them.
  5. You need to challenge and discard existing elements
    Everything needs to justify its continued existence. If you wish to retain something for the sake of tradition let that be a conscious decision.
  6. You need to be prepared to start over again
    In the search for Simplicity, modify if you can – start afresh if you cannot.
  7. You need to use concepts
    Concepts are the human mind’s way of simplifying the world around. Warning: If you do not use concepts, then you are working with detail.
  8. You may need to break things down into smaller unitsThe organisation of a smaller unit is obviously simpler than the organisation of a large unit. The smaller units are themselves organised to serve the larger purpose.
  9. You need to be prepared to trade off other values for simplicity
    A system that seeks to be totally comprehensive may be very complex. You may need to trade off that comprehensiveness for simplicity.
  10. You need to know for whose sake the simplicity is being designed
    A shift of complexity may mean that a system is made easier for the customer but much more complicated for the operator.

How do these relate to you personally? And what areas of your life should you start to simplify?

To be honest…I chose this blog layout for its simplicity, it’s easy to read and not too confusing! xx


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