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|If I buy two newspapers, does that mean I get twice as
much information? Of course not.
And if an organization receives two different messages on the same subject from different sources, they may sometimes reinforce one another, sometimes cancel one another out, among other possibilities. This phenomenon is called interference.
Interference is widespread in many domains. Two or more managers, two or more regulations, two or more technical features (sometimes known as feature interaction).
In physics, interference between wave forms (such as light) is fairly well-understood. Feature interaction has been widely investigated for telecoms networks. But as far as I know, interference patterns in information and management have never been properly studied.
This is one of the reasons why management doesn't obey a simple algebra of addition and subtraction. It is one of the characteristic features of complex systems.
- a form of interference or emergence, in which the feature or properties
of separate components or services interact in an unwanted and unexpected
Information Interference - a complex phenomenon that appears when you try to put two or more items of information together
Management Interference - a complex phenomenon that occurs when you try to put two or more acts of management or regulation together.
Regulatory Interference - clash between multiple regulations or agencies with conflicting or overlapping objectives
Feature Interactionveryard projects > system > interference > feature interaction
Surprisingly difficult to predict or screen, especially when the components or services are from different sources.
The telecoms industry is plagued with problems of feature interaction, and these problems are expected to have a growing significance within the software industry, especially with moves towards component-based development.
Plath: Feature Interaction / FIREworks
Use Case Driven Analysis of Feature Interactions (html abstract, download paper)
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