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KISS Principle

The KISS principle is a maxim often invoked when discussing design to fend off creeping featurism and control complexity of development. The usual explanation for this acronym is "Keep it Simple, Stupid", another is "Keep it Simple and Stupid" (often in artificial intelligence).

The acronym was originally used as a piece of advice from lawyers counseling their clients.

Possibly related to the marketroid maxim on sales presentations, "Keep It Short and Simple".

See also Occam's Razor.

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