A Pragmatic Complexity Framework

Presented at INCOSE Spring Conference 2009

Joseph J. Simpson and Mary J. Simpson



Complexity and complex systems are two recurrent themes that are deeply woven into the literature, culture and practice of systems thinking, systems science and systems engineering. This paper presents an outline for a pragmatic complexity framework that establishes a rule set to facilitate the clear identification, organization, and communication of system and complex system attributes and characteristics. Specific conceptual and process techniques are presented that can be used to reduce the relative complexity of a given system. A number of classical systems engineering analysis and evaluation problems have been selected from the literature and have been evaluated, analyzed and addressed using the operations associated with the proposed pragmatic complexity framework.

A link to the PDF paper:INCOSE09_SC


A link to the PDF presentation slides:INCOSE09_SC_Slides