Complexity Management Techniques
"I think that the next century (21st) will be the century of complexity" -Stephen Hawking. System complexity has grown exponentially over the past half century and is believed by many to be the primary challenge of this century. Complexity, by its nature, does not yield naturally to reductionist approaches typically used in Systems Engineering. Yet, complexity is often seen as a very fuzzy concept. However, complexity may be defined as the degree of difficulty in accurately predicting the behavior of a system over time. With this definition, complexity can be seen as being context dependent -both on the system's environment and on the predictive capabilities of the observer. Based on these ideas, the following four methods have been proposed to reduce complexity: abstraction, transformation, reduction and homogenization.
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Engineers and systems thinkers with experience in systems design and analysis, and an interest in complex systems.