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Corps Business CoverI’ve been talking with a lot of people about the book “Corps Business:  The 30 Management Principles of the U.S. Marines, and I just found a list of the principles from that book.  http://www.vincehuston.org/books/marines_30.html

 

I know that this book has been passed around in the Scrum Master community for the last 3 years, and probably the general agile development community before that.

 

What does a book about the Marine Corps have to do with agile software development?

 

You may be surprised.

 

My personal favorite is

13. Manage by end state and intent. [p98]

Tell people what needs to be accomplished and why, and leave details to them.

 

What is yours?

Posted on Friday, August 8, 2008 1:22 PM Agile Development , Leadership , Scrum | Back to top


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Hey Malcolm,
Glad you like the book. I like the idea that Marines spend very little time planning. Once the boots hit the ground and the bullets start wizzing by, let's all forget about the plan.

Yesterday coming into work I saw a utility truck with the Slogan "The Plans are the Project" and I wondered to myself, I wonder what a Software Developer would think of that. Really, I wonder what the Marines this of that. ;-)


Hope all is well,

Laszlo
PS have you seen our YouTube video? Here it is, i thought you'd get a kick outta it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvchq46fEIQ
Left by Laszlo S on Aug 28, 2008 1:44 PM

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