Mathematics is full of constructions and theorems that fall under the general heading of “local to global principles”. Software engineering and especially infrastructure engineering needs a few such principles as well.
The DevOps folks come closest to articulating them but they muddy the waters with issues of culture and the real principles get lost behind issues dealing with people. Not to say that people are not important but that having a guiding technical principle is also important. So here's one local-to-global principle for infrastructure software
Production infrastructure should be stitched together from development infrastructure in the least complicated and most obvious way possible
That’s it or at least that’s one local-to-global principle that should be a core part of any solid infrastructure. A nice side-effect of that principle is that your infrastructure will degrade gracefully as well since there will be no hidden magic. Examples forthcoming (unless someone figures it out for me which would be really nice because then I could just copy instead of coming up with something original).