Another 24 Project Management Proverbs

  1. The sooner you begin coding the later you finish.
  2. Anything that can be changed will be changed until there is no time left to change anything.
  3. If project content is allowed to change freely the rate of change will exceed the rate of progress.
  4. Change is inevitable – except from vending machines.
  5. The person who says it will take the longest and cost the most is the only one with a clue how to do the job.
  6. Difficult projects are easy, impossible projects are difficult, miracles are a little trickier.
  7. If you don’t plan, it doesn’t work. If you do plan, it doesn’t work either. Why plan!
  8. The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of meeting the date is forgotten.
  9. If you’re 6 months late on a milestone due next week but nevertheless really believe you can make it, you’re a project manager.
  10. A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
  11. What is not on paper has not been said.
  12. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.
  13. If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.
  14. If you don’t attack the risks, the risks will attack you.
  15. A little risk management saves a lot of fan cleaning.
  16. The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to make it up.
  17. A badly planned project will take three times longer than expected – a well planned project only twice as long as expected.
  18. If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs, you haven’t understood the plan.
  19. When all’s said and done a lot more is said than done.
  20. If at first you don’t succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.
  21. Never put off until tomorrow what you can leave until the day after.
  22. Feather and down are padding – changes and contingencies will be real events.
  23. There are no good project managers – only lucky ones.
  24. The more you plan the luckier you get.