Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity

April 21, 2023 • #

“I would not give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.”

What a great line from Oliver Wendell Holmes.

When you think you’re coming up with “simple” responses to complex problems, make sure you’re not (as Bob Moesta says) creating “simplicity on the wrong side of the complexity.”

What we really want is to work through all the tangled complexity ourselves as we’re picking apart the problem and designing well-fit solutions.

A great (simple) solution to a complex problem can be that way because someone’s taken on the burden of detangling the complexity first.

Topics:   product   problem solving   complexity   simplicity