Path Dependence

n.

Pronunciation

/pæθ dɪˈpɛndəns/

Definition

The influence that past decisions have on current options and resources available to a project.

Though the past conditions that factored into the decisions may no longer be relevant, the resulting choices have helped shape the product and direct it towards its current form. Long term strategic planning is used to avoid a project that is inflexible to updated demands and conditions.

Category

Methodology

Related Terms

Upstream System, Data Governance

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