Definition KISS Principle / Ockham's Razor. Description.
The KISS Principle is a popular maxim that is often
used as a reminder to avoid unnecessary complexity. It is an acronym, meaning:
Keep IT Simple and Stupid. Some people prefer
the more decent version : Keep IT Simple and Straightforward.
Ockham's Razor is originally in Latin: "Numquam ponenda
est pluritas sine necessitate".
The translation of this principle of parsimony is: "Multiples
should not be posited without necessity".
Or more freely: "The theory or hypothesis with the minimum
number of assumptions wins".
Or more accurately: "Of two equivalent theories or explanations,
all other things being equal, the simpler one is to be preferred".
The razor is normally attributed to William of Ockham (1285–1349),
although he actually did not coin the term, nor wrote the text.
Anyway, the users of the many theories and methods on 12manage
are well advised to be careful with applying the KISS principle and
Ockham's Razor too quickly. After all, as G.B. Shaw 1856-1950, Irish critic
and poet said: "For every complex problem there is a simple solution that
KISS Principle (Ockham Razor) Special Interest Group
Compare with: Goodbye
Kiss | Dialectic
Inquiry | Delphi
Method | Root Cause
Theory of Constraints
| Brainstorming |
Six Thinking Hats
| System Dynamics
| Scenario Planning
| Game Theory |
Spiral Dynamics |
Real Options |
| Plausibility Theory
| Chaos Theory
| Soft Systems
Methodology | Mind Mapping