Monday, January 12, 2009

Project Management Truisms

The most valuable and least used word in a project manager's vocabulary is "NO."

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

You can con a sucker into committing to an unreasonable deadline, but you can't bully him into meeting it.

The more ridiculous the deadline, the more it costs to try to meet it.

The more desperate the situation, the more optimistic the situatee.

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

You can freeze the user's specs but they won't stop expecting.

Frozen specs and the abominable snowman are alike: they are both myths, and they both melt when sufficient heat is applied.

The conditions attached to a promise are forgotten, and the promise is remembered.

What you don't know hurts you.

A user will tell you anything you ask about – nothing more.

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

What is not on paper has not been said.

No major project is ever installed on time, within budget, with the same staff that started it.

Projects progress quickly until they become 90 percent complete – then they remain at 90 percent complete forever.

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

No major system is ever completely debugged – attempts to debug a system inevitably introduce new bugs that are even harder to find.

Project teams detest progress reporting because it vividly demonstrates their lack of progress.

You cannot produce a baby in one month by impregnating nine women, nor by impregnating one woman nine times.

Parkinson and Murphy are alive and well-in your project

Thursday, January 08, 2009


This is a rather mesmerising game that's just the ticket for lolling about in the air conditioning when its too hot to go outside: