“Take The Time To Write A Short Letter”

It’s a funny old saying.  I’m sure you’ve heard it before.  Allegedly, Mark Twain once said, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead”.

I think it’s very true.  It takes a lot longer to cut something down.  To distil the same value into relatively few words.  A lot more.

I couldn’t help thinking that the same is true of code.

And process.  Keeping things simple can be complicated.

But I’m sure it’s worth it.


P.S. This post took me ages ;)

3 Responses to ““Take The Time To Write A Short Letter””

  1. ibrahim says:

    can iknow what exactly agile mean?

  2. Kelly Waters says:

    Hi Ibrahim – take a look at the agile manifesto here –


    And also my blog series ’10 Key Principles of Agile Development’ here –



  3. Sean Blanton says:


    Blaise Pascal:

    “My Reverend Fathers, my letters have not usually followed so closely,
    nor been so long. The small amount of time that I have is the cause of
    both. I would not have made this so long except that I do not have the
    leisure to make it shorter.”

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