Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Keep It Simple Stupid" is an Incredibly Smart Strategy to Implement

I've lived by the KISS Principle since first learning of it while watching an episode of The Office a few years ago. KISS stands for Keep It Simple Stupid. In a nutshell, it espouses the benefits of not making things more complicated and restrictive than is absolutely necessary. Many groups I've been involved with over the years (through school, employment, or social settings) could greatly benefit from keeping this principle in mind. 

, 3 Secrets to Success for the World's Oldest Tech Company, describes how IBM's key principles of
  1. The market matters more than the machine,
  2. Don't be afraid to try something new, even if it threatens you,
  3. and "THINK"
have guided the company to success and profitability for around a century. This is a great example of the KISS Principle in action. I was shocked, and pleasantly surprised, when I learned they had kept things so simple for so long. 

How complicated and detailed would you have expected the guiding principles of a company with as many products and as long of a history as IBM to have been?

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