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Three Degrees Of Distribution

Behold the un-credentialed and un-esteemed BD00’s taxonomy of software-intensive system complexity:

Three Degrees

How many “M”s does the system you’re working on have? If the answer is three, should it really be two? If the answer is two, should it really be one? How do you know what number of “M”s your system design should have? When tacking on another “M” to your system design because you “have to“, what newly emergent property is the largest complexity magnifier?

Now, replace the inorganic legend at the top of the page with the following organic one and contemplate how the complexity and “success” curves are affected:

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  1. December 19, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I’ve always considered it an essential truth that organizations and processes are systems,, subject to many of the same constraints as IT systems (though the components of the meat space systems tend to be less reliable).

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