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Domain Driven Design is not particularly interested in simple problems of only one or two variables (tackled decades ago in the banking industry with the routinization of transactions). Nor is it particularly interested in problems of probabilities and statistics (tackled decades ago in the insurance industry). Of current interest are the slippery in-between problems of ‘organised complexity’ where a dozen or so variables interact non-linearly. How, for example, do you account for evolution where a system (person, tree, forest, business, city) maintains sufficient stability while changing. A very difficult question.
This presentation explores only one partial approach to this conundrum by considering the simplest of possible interactions underlying stability and change.
The talk is inspired by two unlikely bedfellows. On one hand are the musings of IDEO’s Peter Coughlan on how detailed and fine-grained his work had to be in order to successfully ‘design experience.’
On the other hand are the methodologies of the English philosopher J.G. Bennett on how to parse and analyse experience. Neither one was speaking of software. This presentation will not speak of software either. The audience will be invited to reflect on how (and if) the approach could be a heuristic for developers.
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Jenny Quillien has been a student of Bennett's systematics for a number of years and comes from a background in linguistics, anthropology, and organizational design. (Ph.D. Universite de Montpellier, Masters. Universite de Strasbourg, Licence, Universite de Paris.) Professionally she has combined university teaching with management consulting in both the USA and Europe. Currently, she lives in Amsterdam and curates pattern languages at the Embodied Making Institute.