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Oo-Ahh, it’s all about line and length

I’m sitting here watching the Poms getting destroyed by the Australians in the first test of the 2006/07 Ashes and just witnessed an interview with the man of the moment — Glenn McGrath. He just pulled a six wicket haul to knock off the fledgling English batting line-up in less that a day.

Anyway, during this interview he said the following when asked about what he thinks about when he is bowling:

It’s a simple game that we complicate. When you’re looking for that first wicket, your process is a little bit out

This sounds like the hype that is going around the web industry at the moment about keeping software simple – it is interesting to see how the theory translates to other facets of life.

The irony, I think, is that it takes much experience to be able to simplify a process down. An in-experienced person will probably see a simple solution, however they may fail to interpret potential problems down the track. semi-experienced people may not have used certain techniques long enough to be able to safely say in a given situation whether the procedure should be dropped or not. It is the experienced person that can see exactly what can be culled.

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  1. Thought-provoking post, Myles. It reminds me of that Kenny Rogers lyric from The Gambler: "You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em." I guess the experience-required thesis holds up in the poker arena, too.

    Keep It Simple. Surprising how complicated doing just that can be ... Pity you can't buy experience on ebay.

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