Trimming to the barest essentials

Thu, May 4, 2006

Simplicity Rules

The simple solution is always the best solution. I believe that, but it’s a tough place to get to. Simple is hard. Worse yet, it doesn’t always involve some divine prophecy. Sometimes it’s educated guesswork.

The best way to do simple is trim to the barest essentials. If something isn’t necessary, lose it. If you took out too much, add it back in.

It’s good advice for Winery Web Sites, a basic tenet of extreme programming, and could be the secret to Beethoven’s Fifth

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Mike Duffy Says:

    Thanks for the link love, Mr. Duvander.

    Simplicity is hard because it (a) forces us to make decisions, and (b) confront the fact that we might be wrong. What we don’t always remember is that making decisions moves things forward, and we learn the most from mistakes.

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