The Iterate Pattern represents repeated cycles. It is one aspect of the more foundational Pattern, Dynamics. Iterate illustrates the process of incremental change and adjustment available to systems through recurrent cycling. The speed of iterations must be balanced with the rate of change required. The role of iteration is to support ongoing incremental adaptations.
The principle of cyclic adaptations: the enduring health and evolution of any system is dependent on the appropriate balance and integration of iterative speed and rate of change, for a given context.