The phrase; “keep it simple stupid” (KISS), coined by Kelly Johnson as a product design principle, alludes to the idea that most systems function best if they are kept as simple as possible, avoiding unnecessary complexities. This principle has been applied in a multitude of industries from aircraft engineering to software programming, serving decision makers by cutting through the noise and limiting information to what is most pertinent. Our clients often ask whether they can substitute recommended procedures with “easier” or simpler iterations. It is always our goal to simplify testing procedures as much as possible, especially those that are intended to be applied in the field. However, the KISS principle can sometimes be overextended. Eliminating controls or standards from analytical procedures is one such example. Some complexities are necessary and must be retained; in their absence, any information that is generated is meaningless and of no value!

Shirin Fallahtafti, Product Line Manager