Chapter 3. Pal’chinskii’s Principles

Peter Pal’chinskii at the exhibit he arranged for a manufacturing and mining trade fair in Turin, Italy, in 1911. Above the mine shaft entrance is the Russian mining engineers’ symbol. Source: The Ghost of the Executed Engineer
  1. Increase your chances of success by seeking out and experimenting with a variety of ideas
  2. Accept that some failure is inevitable[⁠6] so do things on a small enough scale that it’s survivable
  3. Quickly identify and select what’s working in the local context by developing effective feedback loops between decision-makers and those closest to the action.



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