In each joke, there is truth to it

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over with a working simple system.

New Systems mean new problems.

Systems tend to expand to fill the known universe.

Complicated systems produce unexpected outcomes.

Systems tend to oppose their own proper function.

People in systems do not actually do what the system says they are doing.

Systems attract systems-people.

A complex system cannot be “made” to work. It either works or it doesn’t.

Agile process

A simple system, designed from scratch, sometimes works.

Minimum viable product

Some complex systems actually work.

Omar Khayyam: Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Michel de Montaigne: I have seen no more evident monstrosity and miracle in the world than myself.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld: Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.

Anonymous: If I were smarter, I would not have so much experience.

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