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.