Recently, I was told some of my team’s work might not be simple enough to understand. I got to thinking how so much of the time I am promoting sophistication. With the blazing speed that complexity is being introduced into software applications, there is a requirement for a deep layered integration. Most applications require some type of cloud integration, machine learning, and use of algorithms. I think an Einstein quote sums up simplicity and complexity well:
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
As a leader, I got to thinking how I pitch my teams three main products: Skills Based Approach SM (2013), Skills Culture SM (2016) and Skills Label TM (2016) related to simplicity and complexity: