KISS (principle)

states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore, simplicity should be a key goal in design, and unnecessary complexity should be avoided

The KISS principle is "Keep It Simple, Stupid". It is an acronym, with the letters KISS making the beginnings of the important words. It was used as a principle for design by the U.S. Navy in 1960.[1] The phrase is said to have been first used by Kelly Johnson, lead engineer at the Lockheed Skunk Works.[2]

There are several variations of the phrase, such as "Keep it short and simple".[3][4]

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  1. The Routledge Dictionary of Modern American Slang and Unconventional English, Tom Dalzell, 2009, 1104 pages, p.595, webpage: BGoogle-5F: notes U.S. Navy "Project KISS" of 1960, headed by Rear Admiral Paul D. Stroop, Chicago Daily Tribune, p.43, 4 December 1960.
  2. Clarence Leonard (Kelly) Johnson 1910—1990: A Biographical Memoir Archived 2012-10-21 at the Wayback Machine (PDF), by Ben R. Rich, 1995, National Academies Press, Washington, DC, p. 13.
  3. "Kiss principle definition by MONASH Marketing Dictionary". Dictionary.babylon.com. 1994-11-18. Archived from the original on 2010-04-05. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  4. "Kiss Principle".