This definition appears very rarely
The 'if you're not sure what to do yet' part tends to be forgotten. See: http://www. artima. com/intv/simplest3. html Particularly: I think the advice got turned into a command: "Do the simplest thing that could possibly work. " That's a little more confusing, because there isn't this notion that as soon as you've done it, we'll evaluate it. People ask, "Well, how do you know it's the simplest?" In my case, we didn't know.