Marines win battles. No strategy needed. Scrappy to win. Short term focus. No rules. Will get you out of your worst jam - against all odds. Thank God you have these guys. No marines = you probably die + you don’t scout what’s around the corner.
Armies win wars. Slow. Steady. Rules. A building tidal wave of focused effort. Thank God you have these guys. No army = you don’t scale.
To win, you usually need both.
At Next Jump, we call being in Marine-mode v1 (“version 1”). What can get done right now – today. We call being in Army-mode vX (“version X”). What is your vision. Your plan for methodically creating customer value & results.
Every day is v1 creating results. Every day has learning that iterates the vX.
The best engineers I know can work both these modes simultaneously. They win the daily battle to create value. And the long-term war to create a sustainable growing business.