use clear metaphors to focus on the simple elegant core of something

At a recent seminar on Agile Project Management, someone said that successful people were the people who had the best metaphors for things. This rang true and is worth thinking about how you communicate concepts and ideas effectively to people.

Edwards De Bono says in his book Simplicity that “an expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgements simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” Rather than try to communicate everything, or try to create a complex metaphor that encompasses all facets of a concept, stay focused on the heart of the matter and keep it simple.

Simplicity – is a book where the left page is in large print and focuses on summaries, to make reading it simpler and quicker. The right side is in normal print and written as you’d expect it would be – in paragraphs. I have not read the right side of the book to compare the amount of learning and knowledge I collected from reading this book, but expect that an 80-20 rule would apply. For the small amount of time I invested, I have taken the larger share of the knowledge away.


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