Giants and the KISS principle

[12 January 2011]

From time to time, my evil twin Enrique runs across passages in literature that seem to him to provide useful illustrations of important principles in information management. I don’t know, maybe he’s saving them up for the next time he teaches a class or something.

The other day, he came by and pointed me to a passage in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ([New York]: Scholastic; London: Bloomsbury, 2003):

“In any case, giants … — overload ’em with information an’ they’ll kill yeh jus’ to simplify things.”

“That’s nice,” I said. “The KISS principle in a nutshell.”

“What I want to know.” Enrique said, “is: Where were the giants when they were needed in the [WG name suppressed] working group?”