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.

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    You 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 Bron
    Commented May 7, 2015 at 7:31

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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.


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'. Commented May 8, 2015 at 0:43

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