Complexity means risk. It is crucial to learn how to manage it and reduce it where possible. Part one of coping with complexity discusses software complexity.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”
― Mark Twain
Today’s world is becoming ever more complex. As we skyrocket into an increasingly digitalised future where traditional systems become obsolete, it is crucial that we acknowledge complexity, learn how to manage it, and reduce it where possible.
This is particularly relevant in business change programmes. While a number of organisations are now undergoing digital transformation, many are struggling to manage it. This is often the result of complexity: the failure to comprehend it and cope with it. Digital transformation inherently holds many layers of complexity, therefore, should be considered as more than the sum of its parts, and navigated in a way that carefully manages its complexity with the correct processes.
Where is the complexity?