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12 Essential Skills for Software Architects by Dave Hendricksen

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Chapter 5. Politics

Trust is always earned, never given.

—R. Williams

Politics are a very unsatisfactory game.

—Henry B. Adams

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.

—John Kenneth Galbraith

Most people cringe when they hear the term politics. They quickly recall some bad experience associated with politics and hope to avoid encountering the situation again at almost any cost.

Rarely do you encounter anyone who has a single good thing to say about politics. It is talked about with such passion that if you didn’t know better, you would swear that politics was a very, very bad person. It is such a one-sided discussion that it begins to make your mind wonder: Is politics really the evil villain that it is portrayed to be?

Given the ...

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