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Systems definition Normative Metrics Descriptive Historical cases Design principles

By J. Clark Beesemyer, Daniel O. Fulcoly and Adam M. Ross


• Very few designs start from a “clean sheet” • Designing an evolvable system may reduce the long term cost of system upgrades/replacements in the presence of context shifts • Evolvable families of systems can potentially deliver more value in the face of changing contexts • Implementing evolvability as a forethought in the design process may take advantage of future generational changes Characterizing evolvability may allow designers to better understand how systems change between generation

Topics: – Change occurs through some process of variation and selection
Year: 2013
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