→increasing complexity

“We chose to increase the complexity of our lives by having children”

I found this article and diagram by Austin Kleon very insightful—as a five person household I now realize we have 12 10 relationships to manage. You can apply the same concept to work teams.

Even though I’m a big fan of simplicity, I don’t necessarily see our family complexity negatively, as Marcus in About A Boy says:

“Suddenly I realized – two people isn’t enough. You need backup. If you’re only two people, and someone drops off the edge, then you’re on your own. Two isn’t a large enough number.”

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2 thoughts on “→increasing complexity”

  1. Totally agree with your actual point but I think your family actually has 10 relationships as it is the number of combinations of size 2 (pairings) chosen from a population of 5:

    C(n,r) = C(5,2)
    = 5! / ( 2! x ( 5−2 )! )
    = 10

    If combinations of size 1, 3, 4 and 5 should be considered too

    C(5,1) + C(5,2) + C(5,3) + C(5,4) + C(5,5)
    = 5 + 10 + 10 + 5 + 1
    = 31

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