Elegantly Simple – How To Know When It’s The Right Solution

September 27, 2011

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

Reading the article The Simplest Health Solutions? It’s Complicated in The New York Times, I was reminded of many presentations we have attended where leaders second guessed the simplicity of a solution.  How can that make the difference?  Is that all there is?  10 weeks and this is what you come up with?   Somewhere along the way, we as a society have forgotten that it is harder to write a short simple note than a long complicated one.  If it doesn’t look difficult and have some technology linked to it we keep looking.  This article indicates there may be a cost to this need for fancy, complicated answers.

Simple, elegant solutions are something that we all strive for and few people and companies push far enough to achieve.  At Tatham we know that if you follow our approach you aren’t finished until you reach a truly simple solution beyond all of the complexity.  It’s the only thing that is sustainable long-term.  Everything else tends to slip back into complexity to be fixed once again.