Recipe for Managing Complexity

Here is a recipe for managing complexity of any type:

  • Do simple things first.
  • Learn to do them flawlessly.
  • Add new layers of activity over the results of the simple tasks.
  • Don’t change the simple things.
  • Make the new layer work as flawlessly as the simple.
  • Repeat, ad infinitum.

Complexity must be grown from simple systems that already work.

— Out of Control by Kevin Kelly

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