I first learned of this concept from James Clear and I think it’s brilliant. Simply put, when looking to improve, rather than looking for new things to add, look for things to take away. Here are just a few examples of where subtraction can help improve data management:
Improvement through addition seems to be the default position for most of us. Got a problem with the data? Add new technology. Got a problem with a program or service not selling? Add more benefits or bells and whistles.
But sometimes, taking things away is a better answer. Faster, quicker, cheaper, more effective! Who doesn’t love that?