How Complex Systems Fail

December 24, 2009

Rob England pointed out this phenomenal 1998 paper by R.I. Cook at the Cognitive Technology Laboratory with the same title as this post.

I have written before that IT systems are inherently complex.

And this complexity?

Well as Dr. Cook states;

This is where system performance tends to deteriorate, becomes difficult to predict, or cannot readily be recovered

The paper referenced above is not about IT – it is written about any complex system (ie power generation)

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