Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Keeing it Simple

You don’t have work at making things more confusing.  Stuff gets harder than it needs to be over time.  But you do have to work to keep things simple and clear.  Here are a few tips:
  1. Don’t put on two pages what can fit on one page.
  2. Don’t create a five step process when a three-step process will suffice.
  3. Intentionally remove as many steps as you can.
  4. Don’t have eight people in the meeting when all you need is a four.
  5. Don’t have a meeting when all you need is a conversation.
  6. Don’t CC people with an email if they don’t really need to know.
  7. If it doesn’t make sense to someone brand new, then it’s too confusing.
  8. If it doesn’t make sense to a teenager, then it’s probably too confusing.
  9. Saying less is often better than saying more
  10. If you have to click on three different links to get there, it’s too hard to find.

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