Context is made of different types:
Requirements define why a System exists. It’s raison d'être. For example,
the purpose of a plant is to reproduce, nothing more. But Requirements can also
be complex with multiple purposes that interact in complex ways. For example,
the purpose of a concert is to provide entertainment to a group of humans but
it is also to make money for the promoters and performers and increase
awareness of the performers “brand” while at the same time providing gainful
employment to various other people and giving the performers a massive ego
Constraints define things which limit or constrain the System in
some way. These constraints can be Structural in nature or Transformational.
For example, a plant is constrained structurally by the ground it exists within
and transformationally by the limitations of photosynthesis.
It should also be noted that the context of a System can
also be deemed to be a System and therefore that every Context has a Context!
Context is comforting; context is good - Have you ever been
in a traffic jam - feeling irritated and frustrated. A lot of that comes from not
knowing the context for the jam - the WHY. Like queuing at the doctors, it’s
not the wait that’s the problem, it’s not knowing how long the wait will be or
why you are waiting that is frustrating.
Losing sight of context, or not paying attention to it, is
akin to losing spatial awareness in the cockpit of an aircraft. Many have
crashed because the pilots have become disconnected from their environment.
Similarly many have also crashed because the pilots spent so much time
concentrating on solving problems with the aircraft they lost sight of the
Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 crashed into the Florida
Everglades in December 1972 killing 101 people because the entire flight crew
(4 people with over 50,000 hours of flying experience and a combined age of
192) became so preoccupied with a burned out landing gear indicator light they
didn’t notice that the autopilot had become disconnected, prompting the
incredible phrase “Who’s flying the plane?”. There are many other examples.
You could also view Context is an inalienable human right
and to deny people context is a form of abuse.