Issue 129 - 01 | The Simplicity Cycle Manifesto

By Dan Ward
Published May 13, 2015 11:00 a.m.
“We started with nothing. Now we have something. The receptacle is no longer empty. This makes all the difference.

Through carelessness, inattention, or miscalculation, we may inadvertently overfill it to the detriment of the whole. Additions once led to improvement. Beyond a certain point, that is no longer the case. Additions begin to make things worse.

When our additions get out of control, the plot becomes jumbled, the colors muddied, the flavors discordant or overpowering. The new pieces do not simply add less than the previous pieces—they actually diminish the value of the whole.”

About Dan Ward | Dan Ward is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force, where he served for more than 20 years as an acquisitions officer and helped shepherd the development of military technology programs. His new book is The Simplicity Cycle: How to Make Things Better Without Making Them Worse. He also wrote F.I.R.E.: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation (HarperBusiness, 2014). Dan holds three engineering degrees and received the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Afghanistan.

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