Google translates '早请示晚汇报' as 'Consult early and late reporting' or 'Ask for instructions to report back later'. Bing translates as 'Early and late reporting'.
Some translated content:
The politics invaded all aspects of daily life during the Cultural Revolution, as 早请示晚汇报. Every day at a political activity or ceremony, everyone, after getting up or reported to work/study, had to "consult the great leader Chairman Mao," about that day's work, study. At the end of the day/before going to bed, everyone had to confess to the "Great Leader Chairman Mao," that day's work/learning. Late reporting is called "confessing his/her sin," because a day's work or study certainly would contain errors, which delayed revolutionary work; hence, the person would confess, "I am sorry, great leader", akin to "confessing his/her sin." However, as "confessing one's sin," has a serious religious undertone to it, so it was not considered appropriate and was renamed to "late reporting." Anywhere people gathered--schools, army, cadre schools, community centers that provided three meals per day--everyone involved had to appear for the collective report.
Here is another excerpt that sounds beautiful even after machine translation:
Anyway, several times a day for several years removed from the "instructions", "reporting" so that "life" of this short period of time is finally free of political control winding all the time, everyone has a sense of relief.
I feel compelled to be certain that this practice is definitely the source of 'Scrum' process. Some of these similarities cannot simply be ruled out as coincidences. My question is,
"Is there really a relation? If so, should we read some mission statements before we begin work, and we have stand-ups at the end of the day, before we leave?"