Project management Quotes

Project Management

  • “A badly planned project will take three times longer than expected – a well planned project only twice as long as expected.”
  • “A change freeze is like the abominable snowman: it is a myth and would anyway melt when heat is applied.”
  • “A little risk management saves a lot of fan cleaning.”
  • “A minute saved at the start is just as effective as one saved at the end.”
  • “A problem shared is a buck passed.”
  • “A project ain’t over until the fat cheque is cashed.”
  • “A project gets a year late one day at a time.”
  • “A project is one small step for the project sponsor, one giant leap for the project manager.”
  • “A two year project will take three years, a three year project will never finish ”
  • “A user is somebody who tells you what they want the day you give them what they asked for.”
  • “A user will tell you anything you ask about, but nothing more.”
  • “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.”
  • “Activity is not achievement.”
  • “All project managers face problems on Monday mornings – good project managers are working on next Monday’s problems.”
  • “Any project can be estimated accurately (once it’s completed).”
  • “Anything that can be changed will be changed until there is no time left to change anything.”
  • “At the heart of every large project is a small project trying to get out.”
  • “Estimators do it in groups – bottom up and top down.”
  • “Everyone asks for a strong project manager – when they get him they don’t want him.”
  • “Fast – cheap – good: you can have any two.”
  • “Feather and down are padding – changes and contingencies will be real events.”
  • “Finely chopped cabbage in mayonnaise – Coleslaw.”
  • “For a project manager overruns are as certain as death and taxes.”
  • “Furious activity does not necessarily equate to progress and is no substitute for understanding.”
  • “God had a huge project and he got it in 7 days done.”
  • “Good control reveals problems early – which only means you’ll have longer to worry about them.”
  • “Good estimators aren’t modest: if it’s huge they say so.”
  • “Good project management is not so much knowing what to do and when, as knowing what excuses to give and when.”
  • “Good project managers admit mistakes: that’s why you so rarely meet a good project manager.”
  • “Good project managers know when not to manage a project.”
  • “I know that you believe that you understand what you think I said but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant.”
  • “If an IT project works the first time, it is wrong.”
  • “If at first you don’t succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.”
  • “If everything is going exactly to plan, something somewhere is going massively wrong.”
  • “If it can’t possibly go wrong, it will – O’Malley’s corollary to Murphy’s law.”
  • “If it can go wrong it will – Murphy’s law.”
  • “If it happens once it’s ignorance, if it happens twice it’s neglect, if it happens three times it’s policy.”
  • “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.”
  • “If it wasn’t for the ‘last minute’, nothing would get done.”
  • “If project content is allowed to change freely the rate of change will exceed the rate of progress.”
  • “If there is a 50% chance of something going wrong then 9 times out of 10 it will.”
  • “If there is anything to do, do it! ”
  • “If there were no problem people there’d be no need for people who solve problems.”
  • “If you’re 6 months late on a milestone due next week but really believe you can make it, you’re a project manager.”
  • “If you can interpret project status data in several different ways, only the most painful interpretation will be correct.”
  • “If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs, you haven’t understood the plan.”
  • “If you don’t attack the risks, the risks will attack you.”
  • “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.”
  • “If you don’t plan, it doesn’t work. If you do plan, it doesn’t work either. Why plan!”
  • “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
  • “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”
  • “If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.”
  • “If you have time to do it over again, you’ll never get away with doing it right the first time.”
  • “It’s not the hours that count, it’s what you do in those hours.”
  • “It takes one woman nine months to have a baby. It cannot be done in one month by impregnating nine women (although it is more fun trying).”
  • “It will go wrong in the worst possible way – Sod’s law.”
  • “Managing IT people is like herding cats.”
  • “Metrics are learned men’s excuses.”
  • “Murphy, O’Malley, Sod and Parkinson are alive and well – and working on your project.”
  • “Never underestimate the ability of senior management to buy a bad idea and fail to buy a good idea.”
  • “No plan ever survived contact with the enemy.”
  • “No project has ever finished on time, within budget, to requirement – yours won’t be the first to.”
  • “Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn’t have to do it.”
  • “Of several possible interpretations of a communication, the least convenient is the correct one.”
  • “Overtime is a figment of the naïve project manager’s imagination.”
  • “People under pressure do not think faster.”
  • “Planning is an unnatural process, doing something is much more fun.”
  • “Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.”
  • “Powerful project managers don’t solve problems, they get rid of them.”
  • “Projects happen in two ways: a) Planned and then executed or b) Executed, stopped, planned and then executed.”
  • “Quantitative project management is for predicting cost and schedule overruns well in advance.”
  • “Some projects finish on time in spite of project management best practices.”
  • “Some things that don’t count are counted, many things that count aren’t counted.”
  • “The bitterness of poor quality last long after the sweetness of making a date is forgotten.”
  • “The conditions attached to a promise are forgotten, only the promise is remembered.”
  • “The first 90% of a project takes 90% of the time the last 10% takes the other 90%.”
  • “The first myth of management is that it exists.”
  • “The more desperate the situation the more optimistic the situatee.”
  • “The more ridiculous the deadline the more money will be wasted trying to meet it.”
  • “The more you plan the luckier you get. ”
  • “The most successful project managers have perfected the skill of being comfortable being uncomfortable.”
  • “The most valuable and least used phrase in a project manager’s vocabulary is “I don’t know”.”
  • “The most valuable and least used word in a project manager’s vocabulary is “NO”.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “The project would not have been started if the truth had been told about the cost and timescale.”
  • “The same work under the same conditions will be estimated differently by ten different estimators or by one estimator at ten different times.”
  • “The sooner you begin coding the later you finish.”
  • “The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to make it up.”
  • “There’s never enough time to do it right first time but there’s always enough time to go back and do it again.”
  • “There are no good project managers – only lucky ones.”
  • “There is no such thing as scope creep, only scope gallop.”
  • “There is such a thing as an unrealistic timescale.”
  • “To estimate a project, work out how long it would take one person to do it then multiply that by the number of people on the project.”
  • “Too few people on a project can’t solve the problems – too many create more problems than they solve.”
  • “Users get the systems they deserve.”
  • “Warning: dates in the calendar are closer than you think.”
  • “What is not on paper has not been said.”
  • “What you don’t know hurts you.”
  • “When all’s said and done a lot more is said than done.”
  • “When the weight of the project paperwork equals the weight of the project itself, the project can be considered complete.”
  • “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion – Parkinson’s law.”
  • “You can build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”
  • “You can con a sucker into committing to an impossible deadline, but you cannot con him into meeting it.”
  • Project management with lot of documents is not project management
  • “I love deadlines, I especially like the SWOOSHING sound they make as they fly past”
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