The Good Enough Revolution

I just read this Wired article about the Good Enough Revolution, in which it describes how people are choosing simpler and easier to use gadgets over those that offer the richest feature set. It reminded me of a problem we recently faced in application development…

The challenge was to retrofit a very complex application with some equally complex requirements for interoperability with an external system. In our first attempt, we tried to balance all of the requirements perfectly while minimizing the impact to the user by designing a very rich feature set. That approach proved to be far too costly to develop. So we took a second look, this time from the point of view of “what’s the minimum we need to do to meet the interoperability requirements while keeping the new feature set as small and simple as possible?”

In the end, the latter approach proved to be a workable way through a difficult and potentially very costly problem.

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