Hyman G. Rickover

Created: by Pradeep Gowda Updated: Apr 05, 2024

“I did not recruit extraordinary people. I recruited people who had extraordinary potential—and then I trained them.” – HGR

Hyman G. Rickover was an admiral in the United States Navy. He directed the original development of naval nuclear propulsion and controlled its operations for three decades as director of the U.S. Naval Reactors office.

I made one man responsible for his entire area of equipment—for design, production, maintenance, and contracting. If anything went wrong, I knew exactly at whom to point. – HGR, via.

In the above thread:

Amazon has a name for it STO (single threaded owner) and STL (single threaded leader). Each initiative/service/project needs to formally have a named person as STO or a STL.

Rickover’s Rules | The Snell Group

Rule 1: You must have a rising standard of quality over time, and well beyond what is required by any minimum standard.

Rule 2: People running complex systems should be highly capable.

Rule 3: Supervisors have to face bad news when it comes and take problems to a level high enough to fix those problems.

Rule 4: You must have a healthy respect for the dangers and risks of your particular job.

Rule 5: Training must be constant and rigorous.

Rule 6: All the functions of repair, quality control, and technical support must fit together.

Rule 7: The organization and members thereof must have the ability and willingness to learn from mistakes of the past.