Mining for Side-Effects in Complex Adaptive Systems

A complex adaptive system (CAS) is a system in which a perfect understanding of the individual parts does not automatically convey a perfect understanding of the whole system’s behaviour. Most systems where humans play central roles are CAS including teams and organizations. In such a system we cannot confidently make statements such as If we do A, then B will happen. We can only hypothesize about how doing A will impact the evolution of the larger system....

July 6, 2020