Andrew Binstock has an interesting post about the early days of Hewlett Packard. They had the following rules posted in their garage:
- Believe you can change the world.
- Work quickly, keep the tools unlocked, work whenever.
- Know when to work alone and when to work together.
- Share tools, ideas. Trust your colleagues.
- No Politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage).
- The customer defines a job well done.
- Radical ideas are not bad ideas.
- Invent different ways of working.
- Make a contribution every day. If it doesn’t contribute, it doesn’t leave the garage.
- Believe that together we can do anything.
Maybe because I have seen the agile manifesto many times and experienced how we can mess and blurry the rules, somehow this poster sounds fresh and pragmatic. I can even smell the garage.
I stopped on “No Politics. No bureaucracy. (These are ridiculous in a garage).” and had to read it twice. To quote the five dysfunctions of a team: “Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think”. I wish that could work outside of the garage.