“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. “

(Antoine de St. Exupery)

“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

(Albert Einstein)

As my main field is Information Technology, I have seen many companies design complex to support elaborate business processes. Unfortunately, I have also seen many of these systems fail.

We sometimes forget that added complexity almost never translates into added benefits or success. Every time we make a process or product more complex we set ourselves up for failure.

Process and Product simplification should be one of the main goals of every professional and manager.

Do not reward complexity! Reward simplicity!

Ensure that everyone around you understands that you foster simple solutions. Depending on your organization this might require a new culture of work or just a small change.