Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Monthly Digital Principles/Practices Summary: “Keep it Simple” Principle May 2019

Logically, simplifying the complicated thing is an optimal and smart choice either for running the business or solving a problem. 

Digital makes a significant impact on every aspect of the business from people, process to technology, both horizontally and vertically. Digital becomes the very fabric of high performing business, being outside-in and customer-centric and "Keep things simple" are the new mantra for forward-looking and high mature digital organizations today.



                       “Keep it Simple” Principle 

Simplicity as a Principle? People are complex by nature, but to dwell on complexity is to complicate an implicate order that is naturally simple. Getting to simple is not easy for most people because they rather follow the traditions and set rules and regulations in society. They don't bother to remove the dust around them or want to question the unknown, or challenge the status quo, out of fear. So how to address complexity, and what's the advantage to set simplicity as a principle and live with it?

How to Apply Simplicity Principle in Change Management Simplicity is a behavioral attitude to see things as and what and where they are and be content and cool as it is. Philosophically, simplicity is the source of complication, and complications are the source of simplicity. Often human cannot live life with simplicity and keep making it complicated. So does Change Management. Can we make change simpler? A successful change requires three things; dissatisfaction with the current state, clear vision and clear process for getting towards the vision. How to apply the “simplicity principle” in Change Management?

Digital Management Principle: "Less is More": Modern businesses become over-complex every day, they also add to such eco-system complexity! If we accept it is complex, somewhat unpredictable or not completely predictable, we have to accept uncertainty. Uncertainty comes with complexity. Simplicity vs complexity is an age-old dilemma even in English Grammar! Logically, simplifying the complicated thing is an optimal and smart choice either for running the business or solving a problem. "Less is more." So, what are the principles to follow in pursuit of just the right simplicity?

Following the "BASIC” Principles in Problem-Solving and Digital Transformation, The digital transformation is now spreading rapidly to enable organizations of all shapes and sizes to reinvent themselves. It is the transformation that is reshaping our thinking and recasting the way we view ourselves, the systems of which we are the part of the environments in which we live, and the way we think and solve problems. To make a seamless digital transformation, it’s important to set guidelines and make updated rules for navigating through changes and steering the journey of digital transformation. Here are the “BASIC” principles in problem-solving and digital transformation.

Simplicity as an Agile Principle Agile principle: "Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential." Agile becomes the major software management methodology, Agile principles are also the management philosophy to run the business today. "Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential." What is it all about, and how does it affect team performance and IT delivery.

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