I work in a Data Warehouse that sources multiple systems via many streams and layers with maze-like dependencies linking various artifacts. Pretty much every day I run into situations like this: I run something, it doesn't work, I go through loads of code but hours later I realise I've managed to conceptualise the process map of a tiny portion of what I now know later in the day is required, so I ask someone and they tell me that this other stream has to be run first and that if I checked here (indicating some seemingly arbitrary portion of an enormous stack of other coded dependencies), then I would have seen this. It's incredibly frustrating.
If I were able to suggest to the team that perhaps it'd be a good idea if we did more to make the dependencies between objects more visible and obvious, rather than embedding them deeply in recursive levels of code, or even in the data that has to be present due to it being populated by another stream, perhaps by referring to a well known, tried and tested software paradigm — then I might be able to make my job and everyone else's a lot simpler.
It's kind of difficult to explain the benefits of this to my team. They tend to just accept things the way they are and do not 'think big' in terms of seeing the benefits of being able to conceptualise the entire system in a new way — they don't really see that if you can model a huge system efficiently then it makes it less likely you'll encounter memory inefficiencies, stream-stopping unique constraints and duplicate keys, nonsense data because it's much easier to design it in keeping with the original vision and you won't later run into all these problems that we are now experiencing, which I know to be unusual from past jobs, but which they seem to think of as inevitable.
So, does anyone know of a software paradigm that emphasises dependencies and also promotes a common conceptual model of a system with a view to ensuring long term adherence to an ideal? At the moment we pretty much have a giant mess and the solution every sprint seems to be "just add on this thing here, and here and here" and I'm the only one that's concerned that things are really beginning to fall apart.