How the U.S. military prepared me for Agile

From my Scrum User Group blog.

Scrum User Group for Road Warriors

When I retired from the military at the ripe old age of thirty-eight, I had spent four years in the United States Marine Corps and sixteen years in the United States Army. As the retirement pay for a First Sergeant/E-8 with just over 20 years of service was not enough to fully support a family, I had to get another job—and fast. At that time, I had an Associate Degree in Computer Programming, so I took a position as a full-time programmer trainee and went to college at night to get my Bachelor Degree in Software Engineering. I had never really considered how my career in the military affected my civilian career until I started learning about agile. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that the military-instilled discipline and sense of honor and loyalty had made me not only a better man but also a better employee; but I had…

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