True Agile – Principle – Simplicity

Simplicity–the art of maximizing the amount of work not done–is essential.



The KISS rule (Keep it stupid and simple) applies over here.

Making things simpler is more difficult. Implementing this principle will reduce the work to the bare minimum and lets the team focus on the simplest possible solution for creating the same business value. The team members need to ask themselves with everything they do “is this really necessary?”. It’s a new way of thinking which kills over-doing of everything and helps the team to keep the things and process simple.

The main advantages of simplification are speed and reduced complexity. You can delivery business value faster and the delivered product is less complex. This principle applies to processes and communications as well.

Keep simple coding, simple design, simple testing, simple automation and simple processes. Do direct and clear communication which can be understood by the stakeholders. Keep complex things also simpler by dividing them into simple small parts or tasks. Identify what is essential to do and what is really not required to be done. Remove non-value adding processes from the system.

Simple things are easy to understand, and straightforward to implement.


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Researched/Authored/Compiled by Ronak Shah [Practice Head- Software Testing (QA), CIGNEX Datamatics]    

About the author– Ronak Shah is the well-known Software Quality Strategist, QA Architect and the man behind delivering hundreds of “quality” software solutions worldwide to the enterprises including Fortune Global 500 companies. He is proficient in setting up, developing and managing independent Software Testing (QA) practice/department from the scratch in the organizations with his strong capabilities around team building, competence building and CMMi processes design and implementation. His leadership and management skills have won him many prestigious awards, recognitions and accolades from various organizations and esteemed clients for his outstanding performance, value-added contributions and his expert knowledge in “all types of software testing”. Ronak Shah (National Level Software Testing Topper Rank-1 as per, Geek Challenge Winner on can be reached at


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