Lincoln was a primary figure at the dedication of Soldiers' National Cemetery, in Gettysburg. He did not wish to upstage the keynote speaker, Edward Everett, and so summarized in 2 minutes the principle of human equality as defined by the Declaration of Independence and the Civil War. Do you remember, the keynote speech? Few people do.
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
- - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln
I heard an NPR story about a person that give their grandkids twenty dollars to recite the Address. It sounded like a wonderful way to engage kids in history and the founding reasons of the existence of this nation. I'm assuming that it would take the children some time to memorize the short speech and in so doing they would have questions, about what the words meant. How many of your colleagues know what unit of quantity a score represents? Do you know what happened four-score and seven years before 1863?
The foundational document of this new nation is the Declaration of Independence - signed in the summer of 1776 by a group of wealth white men. They are now described as our founding fathers, yet some were quite young at the time (Hamilton, 21; Jefferson, 33; Washington, 44). These free thinking people (and some were women - they just didn't sign the document) were called radicals by their government and traders by their neighbors.
Does any of this sound like a fractal of the Agile Manifesto and the movement that was started back in the 1990s with lightweight frameworks for organizing software product creation. The desire to increase the good aspects and there by overcome the poor habits (appreciative inquiry or extreme programming - is there a difference?).
Is there a revisionist movement some 15-20 years beyond the 2001 manifesto creation? Yes, there appears to be a constant yearning for the next wave, the next wagon to hitch your cart onto.
Are there amendments that need to be added to the manifesto much like the Bill of Rights? Or is that a fringe movement on the periphery?
Modern agile defining four guiding principles:
- Make people awesome
- Make safety a prerequisite
- Experiment and learn rapidly
- Deliver value continuously
Could the newest technique Mob Programming be anything more than an incremental addition to eXtreme Programming (XP)? Some 30 years in the making.
Reshaping our View of Agile Transformation - Jason Little