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54232RE: [scrumdevelopment] Agile Thoughts by General George S. Patton

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  • Steve Ropa
    Feb 29, 2012
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      You know, it goes even further than that.  Not only did we have “daily standups” in each department, but also at the beginning of the day, all of us officers would assemble on the fantail for “officers’ call”, which was absolutely a Scrum of Scrums.


      From: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com [mailto:scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Charles Bradley - Scrum Coach CSM PSM I
      Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:02 AM
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      Subject: Re: [scrumdevelopment] Agile Thoughts by General George S. Patton



      I was in ROTC in college(Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, to be specific), and learned a few things about military leadership there.

      I've often thought that Scrum was just a way of describing what the military calls "good leadership."  Even in the military(based on my studies and my friends who are current officers), command and control is a niche leadership style that is used rarely, and a more "highly delegative" style is used the vast majority of the time.

      I also found it interesting that when I visited once of my Navy buddy's ships, he and his sailors were having a "daily standup" when I showed up. 

      Jeff Sutherland was prior military, so I've always wondered how much of what he learned in the military was applied to Scrum. 


      Charles Bradley


      From: woynam <woyna@...>
      To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:27 PM
      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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