Short Quotes for Project Managers

  1. Planning reduces uncertainty: you rule out at least one way the project could turn out.
  2. If you have time to do it over again, you’ll never get away with doing it right the first time.
  3. If you can interpret project status data in several different ways, only the most painful interpretation will be correct.
  4. A project gets a year late one day at a time.
  5. Projects don’t all fail in the end, they fail at the beginning.
  6. A project ain’t over until the fat cheque is cashed.
  7. Powerful project managers don’t solve problems, they get rid of them.
  8. No project has ever finished on time, within budget, to requirement – yours won’t be the first to.
  9. Meetings are events in which minutes are kept and hours are lost.
  10. Activity is not achievement.
  11. The first myth of management is that it exists.
  12. Managing IT people is like herding cats.
  13. If you don’t know how to do a task, start it, then ten people who know less than you will tell you how to do it.
  14. A minute saved at the start is just as effective as one saved at the end.
  15. Bad news does not improve with age and should be acted upon immediately.
  16. People under pressure do not think faster.
  17. If an IT project works the first time, it is wrong.
  18. There is no such thing as an IT project only business projects some of which happen to involve IT.
  19. At some point in the project you’re finally going to have to give in and define the requirements.
  20. Man is so obsessed with his need for success that project disasters are usually just filed away (Om P Kharanda).
  21. The user does not know what he wants untill he gets it. Then he knows what he does NOT want.
  22. We build systems like the Wright brothers built airplanes – build the whole thing, push it off a cliff, let it crash and start all over again (R.M. Graham).
  23. People make a plan work, a plan alone seldom makes people work (Confucius).
  24. If you want to make God laugh have a definite plan.
  25. The typical project sponsor would rather starts ten projects than complete one single project (Vrisou van Eck).
  26. If everything seems to be going well, you obviously don’t know what’s going on (Edward Murphy).
  27. Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.
  28. Planning is an unnatural process, doing something is much more fun.
  29. The nice thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.
  30. No plan ever survived contact with the enemy.
  31. Projects happen in two ways: a) Planned and then executed or b) Executed, stopped, planned and then executed.
  32. It’s not the hours that count, it’s what you do in those hours.
  33. Good control reveals problems early – which only means you’ll have longer to worry about them.
  34. If there is anything to do, do it!