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What is Adaptability of Design?

 , updated on February 17, 2017
Adaptability is a measurement of how well a design handles change. A static design is incapable of handling change while a fully dynamic design gracefully handles any change. Between these two extremes, are designs that can handle change within anticipated limits.
Overview: Adaptability
Function
Definition
How well a design accommodates change.
Scale
Static to Dynamic
Tradeoffs
There is often some cost associated with making a design adaptable. In some cases, this cost isn't warranted if there is a low chance of a change occurring. This tradeoff doesn't always exist. In theory, a design can be both inexpensive and adaptable.
Examples
A dynamic website that displays content from a variety of data sources.
Rooms that can be joined and reconfigured for multiple purposes.

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