There are countless sayings, quotations and wisdoms on the subject of project management. We have collected these over the years and enriched them with our own project experiences. There is a grain of truth in all of them, in some of them even more than it seems at first glance…
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- A badly planned project will take three times as long as originally expected, a well planned project only twice as long
- Many projects would never have been started if the truth about costs and schedule had been known
- The earlier you are behind the project schedule, the more time you have to catch up
- If everything goes exactly according to plan, then something is going massively wrong somewhere
- A few projects are completed “in time” – contrary to the “project management best practice
- The more ridiculous the project end date is, the more money is wasted to keep this date
- The earlier you start programming in software development projects, the later you will finish it
- As project manager you are responsible for everything without having the competence for anything
- As a project manager you are an all-round dilettante
- Good project managers allow mistakes: that’s why you rarely find good project managers
- There are no good project managers – only project managers who are lucky
- Everybody demands a strong project manager, when he is there, you do not want him
- Good project managers know when to NOT manage a project
- Strong project managers do not solve problems, they get rid of them
- The most important and least used word in a project manager’s vocabulary is “NO”.
- A project manager brings a project to success when he is with his team on the “construction site” – not at his desk!
- A project manager who spends more time working with PM tools than communicating with the project team is doing his job wrong.
Change in projects
- Everything that can be changed in the project will be changed until there is no more time for changes
- Frozen requirements and the snowman have the following in common: both will melt if sufficient heat is applied
- Too few people in the project cannot solve the problems – too many people in the project create more problems than they solve
- You can commit a fool to a hopeless deadline, but you cannot make him keep that deadline
- Never change a winning team! – Applies especially in projects!
Documentation, status, risks, ….
- What is not written down, has never been said (who writes, stays!)
- PARKINSON and MURPHY live and enjoy good health – in your project!
- Good project management is not primarily knowing what to do and when, but knowing which excuses are credible and when
- If the project status report can be interpreted differently, the most unpleasant interpretation is the correct one
- Project management by science fiction: Project and line organization function without conflict. The project manager has all necessary capacities and competencies. The steering committee and the board of directors understand what is reported to them.
- “Probability includes the possibility that the improbable may occur.” Artistotle, Greek philosopher
We recommend the following articles for further reading:
- Work breakdown structure – 6 steps
- Work package
- Milestone Plan
- Time scheduling – Gantt chart
- Project order
- Project Client – role and tasks
- Project controlling – effective project monitoring
- Project reporting – meaningful project reports
- Social competence – a must-have for project managers?
- 9 Stages of Conflict Escalation according to Friedrich Glasl
- 4 Sides Model of Communication