The K.I.S.S. Principle, which stands for “Keep it Simple Stupid” is not meant to imply stupidity. On the contrary, it is a design rule that states that systems perform best when they have simple designs rather than complex ones. To avoid the misunderstanding, we prefer to say, “Keep it Super Simple.”
The K.I.S.S. principle can be applied to virtually any scenario, especially business planning, management, and communication.
When starting a new project, the task list and objectives can feel overwhelming, but tasks are rarely as complex as they are initially perceived. A similar effect can take place when we think about communication. It can be easy to overthink an interaction, and it can also harm us to assume we’ve fully communicated an expectation or directions when we haven’t done so.
K.I.S.S. advises to first step back, take a deep breath and create a plan of action. When it comes to communication, we can assess what needs to be communicated. For example, consider who is performing the task, the timeline they’re allotted, how to complete the task, and any contextual information they might need to know. Has this all been communicated?
If not, what would be the best way to communicate this information? Do you have a process document in place that you can pass along? Should you meet one on one, or would a bulleted list sent via email suffice? Decide how you’re going to communicate the information and make it happen before the project begins!
By keeping communication direct and simple, it enables productive work in large development groups, and efficient problem solving. Additionally, it facilitates seamless cohesion across silos, creating dynamic teamwork that results in higher quality deliverables.
Forbes Contributor and CEO of MediConnect Global, Inc., Amy Rees Anderson, affirms that, “Truly intelligent people are not afraid to share their knowledge because they don’t view other people gaining knowledge as a threat to their own. Rather, they take pleasure in sharing and teaching others. As a result they become builders of people, and they contribute tremendously to a company’s overall success.”
Leaders who apply the K.I.S.S. principle to projects will find that they are able to move more projects forward and achieve greater success than ever imagined.
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