Minimalism: Can’t Do Without It (?)
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to remove.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery 1900-1944)
“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” (Albert Einstein 1879-1955)
“The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.” (George Orwell 1903-1950)
While the first two rules are clearly good for life (and not only for product development), this one has stronger bindings to the realm of product development.
The idea is simple...
Try to do the minimum you must, and then see what you can cut off.
At any feature decision point, ask yourself: would I prefer NOT to ship the product at all?If the answer is "yes, this feature is so critical that the world is better off without the product that doesn't have this feature", then maybe you actually need it.
Otherwise, just ship it...