I've mentioned the SimpleViews module a few times over the past couple of weeks, hinting that it would be cool and -- perhaps -- cure cancer or help over-leveraged investment banks. I can't promise too much, but the first version of it has hit Drupal.org, and I filmed a short demo to show off what it does.
SimpleViews has been a fun project for me, in part because it grew out of a need for a current client project. The site needs to give inexperienced admins the ability to build simple listing pages of different kinds of content -- the stuff Views is perfect for -- but can't overwhelm them with the kind of power-tools Views UI offers. Voila! SimpleViews.