To Machiavelli and Beyond

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. (Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, 1532)

While the technology we use in our systems changes by the nanosecond, the principles of what makes some systems work and others fail were laid out by Machiavelli. They have predictive power even (especially) today.

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