Mike Harding Roberts is the author of a witty book “Project management book”. He has compiled and even written some attractive proverbs for project managers. They are biting and funny, but true. Here they are:
1. It takes one woman nine months to have a baby. It cannot be done in one month by impregnating nine women.
2. The same work under the same conditions will be estimated differently by ten different estimators or by one estimator at ten different times.
3. Any project can be estimated accurately (once it’s completed).
4. The more desperate the situation the more optimistic the situatee.
5. A user is somebody who tells you what they want the day you give them what they asked for.
6. Of several possible interpretations of a communication, the least convenient is the correct one.
7. Anything that can be changed will be changed until there is no time left to change anything.
8. Difficult projects are easy, impossible projects are difficult, miracles are a little trickier.
9. If you’re 6 months late on a milestone due next week but nevertheless really believe you can make it, you’re a project manager.
10. A badly planned project will take three times longer than expected — a well planned project only twice as long as expected.
11. If at first you don’t succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.
12. Never put off until tomorrow what you can leave until the day after.
13. There are no good project managers — only lucky ones.
The author is Mike Harding Roberts
These proverbs have been taken from this site