I had quite a few opportunities to witness what Albert Einstein meant by the following:
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction."
No surprise I am a huge fan of this TED talk – Toward a science of simplicity by George Whitesides. My favorite takeaways from it that Simple Things are:
- Reliable, Predictable
- (Complex\Emergent = unexpected\unpredictable)
- High Performance or Value/Cost
- ($ is an aggregator of incommensurate type of value)
- Building Blocks
- “Simple things” are stackable. Value builds with numbers (but complexity also develops)
I love the stackable part, I would go further and say simple things are re-stackable and cannibalizeable/re-usable.