The KISS principle: KISS is a modern acronym for the empirical principle "Keep it Short and Simple" or "Keep it Simple, Stupid". KISS states that design simplicity should be a key goal and that unnecessary complexity should be avoided.
The principle most likely finds its origins in similar concepts, such as Occam's razor, and Albert Einstein's maxim that "everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler". Leonardo Da Vinci's "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication", or Antoine de Saint Exupéry's "It seems that perfection is reached not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away".
Instruction creep and function creep are examples of failure to follow the KISS principle in software development. This is known as "Creeping Featurism".
Keep it short and sweet, an advice to copy editors, is not normally abbreviated.
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