What is KISS?

The term KISS is an acronym of the phrase “Keep It Simple, Stupid”, and the KISS principle states that design simplicity should be a key goal and unnecessary complexity avoided. It serves as a useful and frequent verbal exhortation (or even dedicated policy) in software development, animation, engineering, and in strategic planning (especially military operations). Other versions of the phrase include “Keep It Simple & Stupid” (most recently used in west-European literature), “Keep It Sweet & Simple”, “Keep It Short & Simple”, “Keep it Simple, Sweetheart”, and “Keep it Simple, Sherlock”.

The principle roughly corresponds to Occam’s razor, and to Albert Einstein‘s maxim that “everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”

Etymology: The acronym KISS is known to have been in use during the U.S. Apollo program in the 1960s.

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