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    Stacey Matrix – adapted to software development

    Stacey Matrix - adapted to software development

    “The Stacey Matrix was developed to help managers determine the complexity of their environment and adapt their style of decision-making. For software development, the Matrix is often plotted along different axes; ‘Requirements’ and ‘Implementation’ (or ‘Technology’). The former is determined by the obviousness to which we know what we need to build (like the product) and what features to implement (‘What?’), whereas the latter is determined by the obviousness of what is needed to get there on in terms of implementation/technology (‘How?’). It should be noted that this adaptation does not really fit with Stacey’s original Matrix. But it does offer a similar conceptual approach to understand complexity within the…

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    An Appreciation for Uncertainty

    Uncertainty is something we try to avoid – whenever possible. We want to know what we need to know, to be able to come up with reliable plans. Plans are supposed to keep deviations away from us, as they could make us struggle. Uncertainty can be seen to impose scepticism, doubt, mistrust. But it is always there and cannot be neglected, so we should anticipate it in favor of more robust plans.