Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
Information doesn’t have to suck, and it shouldn’t be a chore. Beautiful information is when one sentence makes you want to read the next. In the age of insight, the right information and “ah-has” is a powerful thing. If you think of information as a continuum, flowing from data to information to knowledge to insight to wisdom … that’s a mighty wide playing field to practice the art of making your point.
Here are ten ways I’ve learned to help you simplify information and make it more useful:
Bonus Lesson O.K., I just to throw one more in. Don’t worry, it’s free …
The big lesson of course is – simplify it. Say it in a simple way. Trade up for simplicity. Simple is sticky. Simple wins every time. Simple trumps complete or complex, and fun trumps simple. That’s why conversational writing can kick non-conversational’s ***, or why emails can be more illuminating or insightful than a formal whitepaper.
The meta point (the point behind the points) is that if you know what’s valued, you can be an information sharp shooter every time.
Great post JD - I've printed this one out and pinned it up!
@ Tom -- Thank you.
Thinking back, you got me started long ago down the simplicity, elegance, and user experience path with Ockham's razor, Edward Tufte, and Alan Cooper (About Face).