Collected Project Management Wisdom

December 17, 2011


Project management consists of a set of complex and necessary tasks to solve a problem or meet a need. No two projects are the same, so no two projects can or should be managed the same way. However, there are some standard processes and common practices used by project management professionals.
On a lighter side–and due to lack of space and time to cover the entire body of project management knowledge (there’s a resource that does that, the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK))–what follows is a collection of project management quotes and proverbs. Hopefully, there’s a bit of wisdom you will find useful (and amusing)!

-Perfection is the enemy of progress

-Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work ~Peter Drucker

-Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn’t have to do it

-Right answers to wrong questions are just as wrong as wrong answers to right questions

-What you don’t know hurts you

-A user will tell you anything you ask about, but nothing more

-Too few people on a project can’t solve the problems–too many create more problems than they solve

-A change freeze is like an abominable snowman; it is a myth and would melt anyway when heat is applied

-Of several possible interpretations of a communication, the least convenient is the correct one

-The bitterness of poor quality lingers long after the sweetness of meeting the date is forgotten

-We can do things cheap, fast, right–pick any two

-Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today

-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

-Activity is not achievement

-There’s never enough time to do it right first time, but there’s always enough time to go back and do it again.


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