Mark Twain on Agile – He Knew What Was Up

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain

Sometimes people of the past knew what was up before it was marketed, franchised, sold, and credentialed.

5 Replies to “Mark Twain on Agile – He Knew What Was Up”

  1. Great article! I thin the key here is “getting started”…on something…and don’t get TOO hung up in the planning. I am currently practicing Agile in a highly “waterfall” matrix environment, and I’m finding that we spend a lot of time in “planning mode”…almost more so than in development. However, once we kicked off our 1st sprint (this past week), we are making a ton of progress, as a team, by simply getting started. Although we don’t have ALL of the artifacts we need, what we’re finding is that the daily communication between team members is VERY valuable. They aren’t accustomed to simply showing up for 15 minutes, talking, and getting things done WAY faster than traditional emails and phone calls.

    Simply “getting started” has proven to be extremely valuable to my team because it got us out of “(over)planning mode” and got us more into “doing mode”.

    Thanks Peter!

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  3. Getting going…..this where things like the “personal software process” (PSP) from SEI and Watts Humphrey go off track…people learn to improve by doing…not by planning.

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