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KISS principle (Keep it simple stupid)

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KISS is an acronym for "Keep it simple, stupid" as a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960. A related concept in science that dates to the 13th century is Occam's razor that states that among hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.

Many have found this to be a valuable best practice in many fields from designing products or software to designing production lines and quality control.

If something is designed as simple as possible it is easier to repair, maintain and understand. If a process is designed as simple as possible it is easier to use, change or train people to use.


[edit] KISS & Software Design

The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complex; therefore simplicity should be a key goal in design and unnecessarycomplexity should be avoided."

[edit] KISS & Project Management

  • The AT Task Work Management Blog discusses how and why the KISS principle is applied and works in project management.

[edit] KISS and Operations

The KISS principle works very well when designing rules and operations in your organization. People can remember, learn and follow straight forward simple rules, guidelines and procedures. Needless over complexity invites problems, mistakes, errors and confusion. It is productive to continuously review processes and procedures in your organization to find the simplest and most straight forward way to get the job done. One important benefit is that members of your organization are less frustrated and succeed more often which pleases everyone.

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[edit] Author

The author of this best practice is Terry Gardiner

Terry Gardiner is the founder and President of Silver Lining Seafoods and NorQuest Seafoods - a medium size Alaska seafood processing companies; and currently Board member of the Anvil Corporation, an employee owned company specializing in oil and gas engineering.

His co-operative experiences include member director of the Commercial Fishermen Co-operative association; creation of legislation for the Alaska Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank; and advisor to the US Dept of Health and Social Services for the state Health CO-OPs.

Terry served ten years as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives -several legislative committee chairmanships, Speaker of the House, Chairman of the Alaska Criminal Code Commission and board member on various state and federal boards and commissions.

His non-profit experiences include National Policy Director for the Small Business Majority in Washington DC; working with the Herndon Alliance and ForTerra.

Terry authored the leadership book, "Six-Word Lessons to Build Effective Leaders: 100 Lessons to Equip Your People to Create Winning Organizations".

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