Monday, 6 December 2010

Finding the important in the complex

ZenPundit has a short piece up today on complexity, featuring an excellent TED video which I think is worth taking a look at:

TED is a phenomenal resource if you like finding the novel ways in which people take extremely complex topics and translate them for an audience of people who usually have no knowledge of the subject matter.

Here's Zen's take on the type of complexity found in needlessly complicated documents, (notibly this infamous slide):
Excessively complex representations, much less the bureaucratic systems in practice, are poor vehicles for efficient communication of strategic conceptualizations to the uninformed - such as those downstream who must labor to execute such designs. Or those targeted by them for help or harm. In addition to the difficulty in ascertaining prioritization, the unnaturally rigid complexity of the bureaucracy generally prevents an efficient focus of the system’s resources and latent power. The system gets in it’s own way while eating ever growing amounts of resources to produce less and less, leading to paralysis and collapse.
Not much I can add to that, apart from an "Amen"

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