Published in Proceedings of InterSymp-1999: The 11th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics: Baden-Baden, Germany, August 2, 1999. 7 pages. Publisher website: http://www.iias.edu.
This paper proposes that it is possible and desirable to restructure a software development organization as a complex adaptive system. Such a structure would increase the possibility that the organization would be able to survive and prosper in a rapidly-changing market place by shortening response time, increasing flexibility in the face of new and unexpected circumstances, and allowing the organization to learn quickly from its experiences.
The paper shows how a common information repository can be used to provide decision support to developers and managers, and discusses the relationship between decision support systems and complex adaptive systems.