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54228Re: [scrumdevelopment] Agile Thoughts by General George S. Patton

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  • Steve Ropa
    Feb 29, 2012
      Almost not at all. Many people seem to equate high discipline and clear chain of command with what we have come to call command and control. The days of "Wearing red and marching in a straight line" are long gone. To use a Navy analogy, as its the one I know best, the Admiral directs the strategy. We want the fleet to sail to thiis area in order to protect civilian traffic and keep the Sea Lines of Communication open. The Captain of each ship is given a station to keep withing the formation. How he sails his ship to stay in that station is his business. The flag Admiral doesn't know and really can't be bothered with how the Captain is doing it.

      When combat enters the picture, each Captain is expected to fight his ship according to previously communicated goals and rules of engagement. I am sure that the other branches are oriented in the same general direction. I may be wrong, but most ground pounders tend to aim for squad based interaction. Small teams working together and staying together, learning how to communicate and understand each other...hmmmm that sounds familiar.

      srinivas chillara <ceezone@...> wrote:


      Good stuff from 'blood and guts'.
      I wonder to what extent good fighting forces are really run by command and control, especially in war time.

      From: woynam <woyna@...>
      To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:57 AM
      Subject: [scrumdevelopment] Agile Thoughts by General George S. Patton


      I never realized how much agility drove "Old Blood and Guts".

      On team empowerment:

      "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." - General George S. Patton

      On management by walking around:

      "No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair." - General George S. Patton

      On good enough planning:

      "A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week." - General George S. Patton

      On the drawbacks of a rigid process:

      "Fixed fortifications are monuments to man's stupidity." - General George S. Patton

      On the value of people over tools:

      "Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men." - General George S. Patton

      On teams:

      "An Army is a team; lives, sleeps, eats, fights as a team. This individual heroic stuff is a lot of crap." - General George S. Patton

      On the dangers of over-specialization:

      "Many soldiers are led to faulty ideas of war by knowing too much about too little." - General George S. Patton

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