The Project Group, LLC

The Project Group, LLC Newsletter


June 2002  


in this issue


The Nuts and Bolts of Project Management

We specialize in assisting corporate and government clients in learning to improve their productivity while planning and executing projects.

Our three-phase approach yields faster more efficient project initiation, planning and execution results.

We also offer a one-day class on Microsoft Project 2000TM for users wanting to improve their productivity in using the software.

Microsoft Project 2000TM is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

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The lighter side of project management
While managing the resources and assets of your company's project is serious business, project management has a lighter side as well. In this issue we take a look at the lighter side.





Project Management Proverbs


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

Any project can be estimated accurately (once it's completed).

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

The most valuable and least used PHRASE in a project manager's vocabulary is "I don't know".

Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn't have to do it.

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

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

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

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.

A change freeze is like the abominable snowman: it is a myth and would anyway melt when heat is applied.

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

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

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

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

The bitterness of poor quality last long after the sweetness of making a date is forgotten.

I know that you believe that you understand what you think I said but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

The sooner you begin coding the later you finish.

What is not on paper has not been said.

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

If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.

A little risk management saves a lot of fan cleaning.

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

A badly planned project will take three times longer than expected - a well planned project only twice as long as expected.

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

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

If it can go wrong it will
- Murphy's Law.

It will go wrong in the worst possible way
- Sod's law.

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion
- Parkinson's Law.

Finely chopped cabbage in mayonnaise
- Coleslaw.

Murphy, Sod and Parkinson are alive and well - and working on your project.

There are no good project managers - only lucky ones.

The more you plan the luckier you get.

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Our Favorite Dilbert Cartoons on Managing Projects.


Scott Adams says it best when he draws the Dilbert cartoons. His views on managing projects often contain that element of truth to which we can relate.

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