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The principle of limited reduction in software design

Lars Mathiassen (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Institute for Electronic Systems Ålborg University)
Jan Stage (Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Institute for Electronic Systems Ålborg University)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 1 January 1992

Abstract

Compares experimental (eg. prototyping) and analytical (eg. specifying) approaches in systems design. Derives ′The Principle of Limited Reduction′. Defines this as: “Relying on an analytical mode of operation to reduce complexity introduces new sources of uncertainty requiring experimental countermeasures; relying on an experimental mode of operation to reduce complexity introduces new sources of uncertainty requiring analytical countermeasures”. Concludes that a mixed approach is best, but warns that this is as yet (1992) hypothetical.

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Mathiassen, L. and Stage, J. (1992), "The principle of limited reduction in software design", Information Technology & People, Vol. 6 No. 2/3, pp. 171-185. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000003550

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