The Art of Simplicity

Agile Australia 2015 is themed The Art of Simplicity. Leonardo Da Vinci was quoted as saying “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. Simplicity is both art and science requiring vision, experimentation and discipline. If it was easy, everybody would do it.

The Art of Simplicity encourages us to debate how simplicity is achieved and to consider the challenge of how to deliver more while doing less. It’s about the art of maximising the work not done.

‘Simplicity’ encapsulates the essence of Agile. How do you strip back processes to stop overly prescriptive methodologies taking hold in your complex environment? How do you build simple things (a minimum viable product, if you like) that meet your customer’s needs?