A black box is a business function, service, product, machine or process that can be viewed in terms of its inputs and outputs. In other words, it is a simplification that is often made in the process of problem solving, decision making or everyday thought processes that views unneeded complexity as a black box.
ExampleThe average motorist may view a car engine as a black box that takes inputs such as electricity and delivers power to a vehicle as an output.
ValueSimplifies great complexity down to a concept based on inputs and outputs.
Fixing a Black BoxWhen a black box breaks you might have few options because you have no idea how it works. For example, you might reboot it and if that doesn't work you might simply replace it. Alternatively, you might call in a specialist who understands the black box.Next: Interchangeable Parts
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