Complexity Concepts

Complexity can manifest itself in many practical forms, these may include;

The Butterfly EffectStates that a complex system is a highly inter-connected entity and so any change in one systemic relationship can potentially ripple and compound to create momentous, possibly even uncontrollable, impacts in all the other system relationships
The Edge of ChaosStates that a complex system is a highly energised entity which is no more than a transition or two away from descending into wild disorder (chaos) and thus should at all times be considered to be potentially chaotic
Sum of PartsStates that a complex system comprises of an advanced number of internal contributing agents whose total integrated behaviour is so much more momentous and impactful than the sum of the individual parts
EmergenceStates that a complex adaptive system is continually transitioning, so will create new emergent behaviours, properties and characteristics that are not an intended outcome of design
Strange AttractorsStates that the primary contributing agents of a complex system, will not necessarily engage with each other through logical means of attraction (e.g. cause & effect)
FractalsStates that although numerous recognisable patterns and relationships may exist within a complex system, their behavioural outcomes will rarely be consistent, logical nor repeatable
Non-linearityStates that a highly complex system is dynamic, evolutionary and unpredictable entity and thus past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance
SignalsStates that complex adaptive systems are highly responsive entities whose behaviours are driven by signals generated from the internal contributing agents continually interacting with and adapting to both each other, and their surrounding environment

So what?

Highly complex systems (such as major organisations and large projects) simply do not behave in the same manner as rational ordered systems and for this reason, conventional management practices need to evolve so as to meet the challenges of a significantly more complex world. But in order to control Complexity, one first needs to understand it.

Welcome to the world of Complexus