Complicated systems have high maintenance costs

Date created: 2023-03-10

I think I fall into this trap sometimes when doing data analysis. I tend to dig deep into new packages and create convoluted strategies and systems that work when everything is aligned perfectly. But generalizing to a new context becomes difficult and things often break down.

‘Given a choice between something simple and something complicated’, he wrote, ‘choose what is simple without hesitation; sooner or later, what is complicated will almost always lead to problems’. Only simple things, he noted, can be reliably repaired with what you have on board.