September 25, 2019

Proceed With Caution On Elegant Solutions

A solution is a deliverable. It can be elegant or obtuse, but these are adjectives. Of course there’s artistry and workmanship, but these are also in addition to the solution.

The weakest link in a process is a danger to your elegant solution. If one of the steps barely works, your downstream magic risks being useless since it could never get triggered.

Sometimes simplicity in the solution is the most elegant one. It likely reduces the scenarios of when the whole thing works — but it gives a consistent result: if you push the button exactly this way, the light switches on.

And if that’s the required deliverable, you are now done with it. Nothing elegant about it.

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