The chaos model notes that the phases of the life cycle apply to all levels of projects, from the whole project to individual lines of code.
One important change in perspective is whether projects can be thought of as whole units, or must be thought of in pieces. Nobody writes tens of thousands of lines of code in one sitting. They write small pieces, one line at a time, verifying that the small pieces work. Then they build up from there. The behavior of a complex system emerges from the combined behavior of the smaller building blocks.
There are several tie-ins with chaos theory.
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