“The genotype of each organism, or else the cluster of genotypes that characterizes each species, can be regarded as a schema that includes a description of many of the other species and how they are likely to react to different forms of behavior. An ecological community consists, then, of a great many species all evolving models of other species’ habits and how to cope with them.”
Not being a founder of any scientific field or institute, I have my own simplistic version of the same idea:
“It takes complexity to handle complexity.”
Software teams have three options when dealing with a troublesome environment:
Reduce the complexity in the environment;
Increase the complexity inside the system;
Ignore complexity (survival is not mandatory).
The first is rarely possible. The third is rarely smart.
That leaves software teams with the second option: try to match the ever-changing complexity of the environment with social complexity (people & interactions) and continuous improvement (embracing change).
This is, I believe, the core of Agile and Lean thinking…