Complex systems

Barry Keepence, Mike Mannion

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Every organisation from the scale of whole countries down to small companies has a list of system developments which have ended in various forms of disaster. The nature of the failures varies but typical examples are: cost overruns; timescale overruns and sometimes, loss of life. The post-mortems to these systems reveal a wide range of reasons all the way from hardware failures, through software errors right to major system level mistakes. More importantly a large number of these systems share one attribute: complexity. This paper presents a fresh look at the nature of complexity in the building of computer based systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Proceedings of the International Conference and Workshop on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, 1997
EditorsJerzy Rozenblit, Tony Ewing, Stephan Schulz
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)0818678895
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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