Systemology

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The science and discipline organizing knowledge about systems. A set of components that functions as a whole because of the interactions between its parts, subject to influence of interaction with its environment. (Word first used by Russell L. Ackoff. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_L._Ackoff )

Glossary

System = People + Machines + Methods + Benefits

People = Users + Administrators + Engineers

Machines = Hardware (Components and Firmware) + Software (Programs and Data)

Methods = Documentation + Training + Culture

Benefits = Advantages (Social, Economic, Personal)`

engineer = a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems (eg. cause a system to evolve & improve)

Specification = Objectives + Requirements

Objectives = attributes + measurement methods

Requirements = true / false measurement methods

administrator = someone whose job is to keep a system operating correctly

user = someone who derives some or all of the benefit of a system

Testing = Unit Tests + Integration Tests + System Tests

Quality Assurance = Inspections + Verification + Feedback (note: test construction is engeineering)

Also See

Computerology

PROGRAMMING

DATA

ALGORITHMS

Graphics

Security

Networks

BENEFITS

ENGINEERING

ADMINISTRATION