Project Management Quotes

December 23, 2011
By admin

Project Management Quotes

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things

Machiavelli 1446-1507, Italian statesman and philosopher

The real problem is what to do with problem solvers after the problem is solved

 Gay Talese 1932-, American (Italian-born) journalist

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man

 George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950, Irish playwright and critic

Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand

Chinese Proverb

Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better

Samuel Johnson 1709-1784, English lexicographer

Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances

Sun Tzu c. 490 BC, Chinese military strategist

This feeling, finally, that we may change things – this is at the centre of everything we are. Lose that… lose everything

Sir David Hare 1947-, British playwright and author of many satires

On the value of Project Management Trying to manage a project without project management is like trying to play a football game without a game plan.

K. Tate (Past Board Member, PMI)

On Earned Value Management Whilst you can practice good project management without EVM, you cannot practice EVM effectively without good project management.

Steve Crowther, British Aerospace (BAe)

On the triple constraints of project management Beware the time-driven project with an artificial deadline.

M. Dobson

This is applicable to more industries than just pharma Pharmaceutical projects are like fresh fruit – they depreciate if they are not tended to, and they do poorly if sitting on the shelf with long periods of inactivity.

R. Burns

On the importance of the Work Breakdown Structure Running a project without a WBS is like going to a strange land without a roadmap.

J. Phillips

On admitting program management failure I would say that what we’ve gotten for a half billion dollars is an unpronounceable acronym [DIMHRS].

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates

On the importance of Project Management Operations keeps the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward.

Joy Gumz

On capital project success The single best payoff in terms of project success comes from having good project definition early.

RAND CORPORATION

Words of advice for the executive – and the project manager Most success depends on colleagues, on the team. People at the top have large egos, but you must never say ‘I’: it’s always ‘we’.

Frank Lampl (former chairman of Bovis Construction Group 1986-1999, b. 1926 d. 2011)

On throwing good money after bad (sunk costs) I have witnessed boards that continued to waste money on doomed projects because no one was prepared to admit they were failures, take the blame and switch course. Smaller outfits are more willing to admit mistakes and dump bad ideas.

Luke Johnson

On Program Audits External audits are routine in the financial area. I fail to understand why nonprofits don’t use them more in the vital program area.

E. Stoesz

On the importance of the critical path A project without a critical path is like a ship without a rudder.

D. Meyer, Illinois Construction Law

On the reporting structure for new product development and other innovation projects Innovative efforts should never report to line managers charged with responsibility for ongoing operations. …The new project is an infant and will remain one for the foreseeable future, and infants belong in the nursery. The “adults”, that is, the executives in charge of existing businesses or products will have neither the time nor understanding for the infant.

Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Practice and Principles

On project management methodology and approach This ad hoc approach to project management – coupled as it frequently is, with an on-the-job training philosophy – is pervasive. It is also pernicious.

Jack Meredith / Samuel Mantel

On planning Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.

Peter Drucker

On the Project Manager’s Role Project managers function as bandleaders who pull together their players each a specialist with individual score and internal rhythm. Under the leader’s direction, they all respond to the same beat.

L.R. Sayles

On Resources You can’t turn a herd of turtles into a twenty-mule work team.

L. Todryk

On Lessons Learned and Organizational Culture In NASA, we never punish error. We only punish the concealment of error.

Al Siepert

On Human Resources Whatever we do must be in accord with human nature. We cannot drive people; we must direct their development… the general policy of the past has been to drive; but the era of force must give way to the era of knowledge, and the policy of the future will be to teach and lead, to the advantage of all concerned.

Henry L. Gantt

On Quality You can only elevate individual performance by elevating that of the entire system.

W. Edwards Deming

On Human Resources and Motivation True motivation comes from achievement, personal development, job satisfaction, and recognition.

Frederick Herzberg

On Change Management It is always easier to talk about change than to make it.

Alvin Toffler

On Change and Event Management Event management is the same as for any project – the project plan needs to include an appropriate change control process.

Brenda Treasure

On Project Initiation To get a project off the ground, tell a colleague it was their idea. They will put their heart and soul into making it successful.

T. Wouhra

On the Difference between Leadership and Management Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.

Peter F. Drucker

On the Criticality of Time Management There is nothing more perishable than an airline seat – unless it is time on a project.

Joy Gumz

Project vs. Program Management Project management is like juggling three balls – time, cost and quality. Programme management is like a troupe of circus performers standing in a circle, each juggling-three balls and swapping balls from time to time.

G. Reiss

On Leadership Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating the talents of those who work for us and pointing them towards a certain goal.

Walt Disney

On Organizational Structure Nobody knows how Honda is organized, except that it uses lots of project teams and is quite flexible.

Kenichi Ommae

On Project Selection My personal philosophy is not to undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.

Edwin Land (poloroid camera inventor)

On Software Testing When end users get involved in the final stages of testing, light bulbs go on, and they often have an “aha” moment. Unfortunately, that is often too late.

Frank R. Parth

On Negotiating Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.

Eleanor Roosevelt

On Projects with Inadequate Controls In poorly run projects, problems can go undetected until the project fails. It’s like the drip…drip…drip of an leaky underground pipe. Money is being lost, but you don’t see it until there is an explosion.

Joy Gumz

On Refusal to Pay Per Contract If you have a contract, you have to honour that contract. We have not seen it from anyone else.

George Achniotis, CFO, Navios Maritime

On Public Speaking and Presentation Skills The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

Mark Twain

On Knowledge Management If only HP knew what HP knows, we would be three times more productive.

Lew Platt (Hewlett Packard CEO 1992-1999, d. 2005)

On Teamwork If you always blame others for your mistakes, you will never improve.

Joy Gumz

On Keeping Testing and Production Separate We assure you that this [placing 30,000 fake orders in live trading] is not reflective of the very high standards that we set for ourselves… While we maintain procedures designed to ensure that our testing is separate from the production environment and live trading, unfortunately, due to a human error that occurred Monday, these procedures were not followed.

Terry Duffy, Chairman CME Group

On Software Quality Control / Quality Assurance Survey respondents estimated that if 100% of defects were addressed and remediated prior to production, they would experience a 32% cost savings.

M. Ballou, industry survey, 2008

On Large Projects in India Studies by McKinsey and the World Bank show the vast majority of big projects in India go over time and over budget. Drawn-out legal disputes and shoddy standards are similiarly common.

J. Lamont

On Decision Making Rien n’est plus difficile, et donc plus précieux, que d’être capable de décider. [Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than being able to decide.]

Napolean Buonaparte

On Lessons Learned What we learn from lessons learned is that we don’t learn from lessons learned.

T. Block

The perfect is the enemy of the good.

Related: Business quotes, Success quotes

Voltaire quotes

Related: Business quotes, Success quotes

——————————————————————————–

A little risk management saves a lot of fan cleaning.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

A minute saved at the start is just as effective as one saved at the end.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

A problem shared is a buck passed.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

A project ain’t over until the fat cheque is cashed.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

A project gets a year late one day at a time.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Activity is not achievement.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

At the heart of every large project is a small project trying to get out.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Estimators do it in groups – bottom up and top down.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Fast – cheap – good: you can have any two.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If an IT project works the first time, it is wrong.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If it wasn’t for the ‘last minute’, nothing would get done.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If project content is allowed to change freely the rate of change will exceed the rate of progress.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If there is a 50% chance of something going wrong then 9 times out of 10 it will.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If there were no problem people there’d be no need for people who solve problems.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If you’re 6 months late on a milestone due next week but really believe you can make it, you’re a project manager.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If you can interpret project status data in several different ways, only the most painful interpretation will be correct.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs, you haven’t understood the plan.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If you don’t attack the risks, the risks will attack you.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Sod’s Law: It will go wrong in the worst possible way.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Managing IT people is like herding cats.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Metrics are learned men’s excuses.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

No plan ever survived contact with the enemy.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Overtime is a figment of the naïve project manager’s imagination.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

People under pressure do not think faster.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

The first myth of management is that it exists.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

The more you plan the luckier you get.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

The most successful project managers have perfected the skill of being comfortable being uncomfortable.

Related: Leadership quotes

Unknown author

Related: Leadership quotes

——————————————————————————–

The most valuable and least used phrase in a project manager’s vocabulary is “I don’t know”

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

The most valuable and least used word in a project manager’s vocabulary is “No”.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

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.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

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.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

The project would not have been started if the truth had been told about the cost and timescale.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

The same work under the same conditions will be estimated differently by ten different estimators or by one estimator at ten different times.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

The sooner you begin coding the later you finish.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to make it up.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

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

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

There are no good project managers – only lucky ones.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

There is no such thing as scope creep, only scope gallop.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

There is such a thing as an unrealistic timescale.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

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.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

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

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Users get the systems they deserve.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Warning: dates in the calendar are closer than you think.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

What is not on paper has not been said.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

What you don’t know hurts you.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

When all’s said and done a lot more is said than done.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

When the weight of the project paperwork equals the weight of the project itself, the project can be considered complete.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Parkinson’s law.: Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

You can build a reputation on what you’re going to do.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

You can con a sucker into committing to an impossible deadline, but you cannot con him into meeting it.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

Project management with lot of documents is not project management.

Unknown author

——————————————————————————–

I love deadlines, I especially like the SWOOSHING sound they make as they fly past.

Douglas Adams quotes

——————————————————————————–

Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.

Peter Drucker quotes

——————————————————————————–

The productivity of work is not the responsibility of the worker but of the manager.

Peter Drucker quotes

——————————————————————————–

The Pertinent Question is NOT how to do things right — but how to find the right things to do, and to concentrate resources and efforts on them.

Peter Drucker quotes

——————————————————————————–

The most efficient way to produce anything is to bring together under one management as many as possible of the activities needed to turn out the product.

Peter Drucker quotes

Comments are closed.

Calendar

October 2017
M T W T F S S
« Dec    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Feature

Top ten reasons why a project fails

By admin

1. Poor planning: Who are your IT managers and do they get enough opportunity to plan or under pressure from senior management they tend...
Read more »

The Top Ten Reasons Why You Need Project Management

By admin

1. Control Scope Creep and Manage Change Small changes in demands occur on every project.  They come from management, the customer, your project team,...
Read more »

The benefit of a PMO

By admin

In today’s complex business environment new projects are constantly being developed as organizations seek new ways to reduce costs, improve processes, increase productivity, and...
Read more »

Project Management Quotes

By admin

Project Management Quotes It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous...
Read more »

PM GLOSSARY

By admin

FS finish to start IFB invitation for bid LF late finish date LOE level of effort LS late start date OBS organizational breakdown structure...
Read more »

Tags