I am looking for a word that describes a situation, where two processes with a negative outcome (in software development) combined together lead to a stronger negative effect.
1You can say the one compounds the problem (or error) of the other. In psychology, a shared psychosis in which two people feed of the delusions of each other is known as a folie à deux, as I learned in an episode of the X-Files (though I can never call the first word to mind when I want it).– Dan BronMay 7, 2015 at 7:31
I seem to remember seeing a "dyssynergy". It would make sense, because the Greek of "synergy" means "working together", and that does not have to be working well together. Suggest you google for that, and "dysergy" too.
Dyssynergy appears to be a medical term: medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/dyssynergy– user66974May 7, 2015 at 7:17
Which shouldn't preclude it from being used elsewhere, in a more general sense as suggested. May 7, 2015 at 8:55
I think you can refer to the incompatibility of the two systems:
- the quality of being unable to exist or work in congenial combination. (AHD)
- the two systems are incompatible and there can not be any synergy between them.
This is the opposite of synergy. I am looking for 'synergy of errors'. May 8, 2015 at 0:43