System Archetype 9: Fixes that Fail

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Ignatius D
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Description of Fixes that Fail One of the System Archetypes is "Fixes that Fail". A solution to a problem which is very effective in the short term may have long-lasting consequences which may require a similar fix again. The archetype "Fixes that Fail" may sound somewhat like "Shifting the Burden" where more focus is given on treating problem symptoms rather than finding the root cause of the problem and instead of working on a fix on the deeper cause which is a more tiresome process. The difference between the fixes that fail and the shifting the burden is in the consequences that are happening from the quick fix, which works totally fine but sometimes leads to a long-term problem again. Where in shifting the burden, the fundamental problem may have an effect for a limited time as it is not solved but the symptoms are treated. Early warning Symptom of Fixes that Fail The trademark statement of this archetype is "This worked before, why isn't it working now?" This happens becaus (...) Read more? Sign up for free


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