That's what my uncle used to say. It's a phrase that's stuck with me a long time, and very applicable to almost every aspect of our lives, especially our work. The point he's trying to make is that it's not complicated to look at a situation, then figure out what needs to be done to improve it, or approach it. For example, perhaps a machine in our manufacturing plant is broken. What do you need to do to remedy the situation and get your operation back on track? You fix it. Simple, right? But suppose this machine is a complicated one, with thousands of different pieces, a 500 page manual and it requires specialized training to operate, let alone fix. Well, that's not easy then, is it? But it's still simple, we just need to fix it.
One of the aims of BI is to merge these two concepts together as often as we possibly can. When you can see a problem, of any variety, and you know the exact way to fix it, and how to fix it, the process can become both simple and easy. Certain things, no matter how much we try, will always be difficult. Like this theoretical machine we have. Regardless of how many books, how much training training, or how many hours of practice you have, the process to fix it will most likely always be a difficult one.
BI truly becomes successful when we have simplified everything we can. When we have trimmed away all the things that get in the way of us seeing the big picture. When we can make everything simple, we've won. That's when we can get to the hard work. The work that will be hard no matter what we trim away or what we simplify.
I started this entry with a quote from my uncle, and I'll end it with a quote from a man much more famous than him.
From Antoine de St. Exupery:
"Perfection is attained, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
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