This is best described as "minimize extras."
This often requires a great deal of work.
(quote moved to TimeToMakeItShort)
Making components of a larger system stupid
limits the state space that needs to be considered
when building the system. This requires immense
creativity at times, but usually yields a system that
is easier to manage.
(Full pattern form in the works.)
How is this different from DoTheSimplestThingThatCouldPossiblyWork?
It has a nicer name -- SammyTheSnake
It starts with something large and makes it smaller, rather than with nothing and making something that works. That is a great difference.