SDM Best Thesis Analyzes Costs of Software System Complexity

SDM Best Thesis analyzes costs of software system complexity by Andrei Akaikine

Maintaining a complex system at a “good enough” level  of functionality comes at a cost. In systems where stability is
paramount, personnel dealing with small emergencies traditionally rely on “Band-Aid” fixes that increase complexity and heighten the risk of destabilizing the whole system with each new modification, however minor.

Andrei Akaikine’s thesis focuses on the following three questions:
• Is there a relationship between engineering efforts required for a basic
maintenance task and the overall software system complexity?
• Are any components more susceptible than others to change during
system maintenance tasks?
• Can the redesign of a system be economically justified?

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