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Becoming Agile: ... in an imperfect world by Greg Smith, Ahmed Sidky

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Chapter 1. Moving to agile

Moving to agile

The tragedy started when the crew accidentally bored into an adjacent, abandoned mine that was flooded with water. The miners' map told them, incorrectly, that the abandoned mine was hundreds of yards away. The men scrambled to reach the exit, but the rising water blocked the way out. Their only option was to seek out the highest point in the mine.

Word of the accident spread above ground and a rescue team was formed. The rescue team estimated where the crew was located in the mine and picked a spot to drill. Maps revealed a gas line that ran close to the target drilling point; and if their coordinates were incorrect, they ...

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