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Tech Tuesday: Keep It Simple Stupid

Tech Tuesday: Keep It Simple Stupid

by Frank Roche on June 29, 2010

in KnowHR, Technology

Tech Tuesday

Simplicity by Eric Burke of stuffthathappens.com
Simplicity by Eric Burke of stuffthathappens.com

I design interfaces, and Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) is one of my favorite acronyms, one that I try to apply to every project. It’s my job to make sure that the interfaces have the right balance of features, simplicity and ease of use.

One of the biggest issues with the software development is feature creep. All too often you start a project with the best intentions of creating a simple piece of software to make a process easier, but somewhere along the way either you, your team or your client catches a mean case of “featuritis” and starts asking for more. “What if it did this? Or this? Or this?” This can get out of control fast and leave you with an interface like the last frame of the comic above. It doesn’t always end in disaster, but it’s certainly a slippery slope. The more your development path is altered mid-stream, the more likely you are to lose sight of your original goal.

Solution:

Eliminate the bloat. Break your software down to the essentials. Look at each feature and each potential new feature, and ask yourself, “Does this help me accomplish my goal?” The answer may surprise you.

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