Management quotes

Well, everyone else seems to have a list of favourites, so here, in no particular order, are mine…

  • Good management systems are like good brakes: they help you go faster.
  • The way to secure success is to be more anxious about obtaining than about deserving it. William Hazlitt.
  • 99% correct is wrong.
  • Some things that don’t count are counted, many things that count aren’t counted.
  • You can’t rise unless you set goals that make you stretch.
  • The greatest pleasure in life is achieving things that people say can’t be done.
  • It is not enough to aim. You must hit. Italian proverb.
  • 90% of your problems have already happened the moment the ink is dry on teh contract.
  • Activity is not achievement.
  • Nothing great was achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  • Who begins too much accomplishes little.
  • Quality is free, but it is not a gift. Philip Crosby, quality guru
  • The best is the enemy of the good.
  • Either dance well or leave the ballroom. Greek proverb.
  • At the heart of every large project is a small project trying to get out.
  • Good project managers know when not to manage a project.
  • Failing to plan is planning to fail.
  • An individual without information cannot take responsibility; an individual with information cannot help but take responsibility. Jan Carlzon, CEO SAS Airlines.
  • A little risk management saves a lot of fan cleaning.
  • Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more. You should never wish to do less. Robert E Lee.
  • All successful men are men of purpose. They hold fast to an idea, a project, a plan, and will not let go.
  • ‘Begin at the beginning’, the King said, very gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end: then stop’. Lewis Carroll.
  • No plan survives contact with the enemy.
  • Plans are nothing; planning is everything. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
  • Knowledge is no more to be found in data than a house can be found in a pile of bricks. RJ Robinson.
  • A good workman is known by his tools.
  • Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn’t have to do it.
  • You can plan too much, but no one has ever been caught doing it.
  • A project without a critical path is like a ship without a rudder.
  • In NASA, we never punish error. We only punish the concealment of error.
  • You can only elevate individual performance by elevating that of the entire system. W. Edwards Deming, quality guru.
  • A badly planned project will take three times longer than expected – a well planned project only twice as long as expected.
  • Pareto’s Other Principle: The first 80% of the project will take the first 80% of the budget, and the remaining 20% of the project will take the remaining 80% of the budget. RJ Robinson.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Either dance well or leave the ballroom.
  • An individual without information cannot take responsibility; an individual with information cannot help but take responsibility.
  • Good estimators aren’t modest: if it’s huge they say so.
  • The sooner you begin coding the later you finish.
  • A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. Sam Goldwyn.
  • 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 don’t attack the risks, the risks will attack you.
  • The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to make it up.
  • The more you plan the luckier you get.
  • A project is one small step for the project sponsor, one giant leap for the project manager.
  • Quantitative project management is for predicting cost and schedule overruns well in advance.
  • The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it. Karl Marx.
  • Good project managers know when not to manage a project.
  • Metrics are learned men’s excuses.
  • Good project managers admit mistakes: that’s why you so rarely meet a good project manager.
  • Fast – cheap – good: you can have any two.
  • The more ridiculous the deadline the more money will be wasted trying to meet it.
  • The project would not have been started if the truth had been told about the cost and timescale.
  • The most successful project managers have perfected the skill of being comfortable being uncomfortable.
  • If it wasn’t for the ‘last minute’, nothing would get done.
  • Warning: dates in the calendar are closer than you think.
  • There is no such thing as scope creep, only scope gallop.
  • If project content is allowed to change freely the rate of change will exceed the rate of progress.
  • If you can interpret project status data in several different ways, only the most painful interpretation will be correct.
  • A project gets a year late one day at a time.
  • 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.
  • When you describe your approach as ‘pragmatic’, do you mean ‘I’m devoid of principle’, ‘I’m completely lacking in insight’, ‘I would settle for second-best’ or ‘I’m making it up as I go along’? RJ Robinson.
  • Metrics are learned men’s excuses.
  • I know that you believe that you understand what you think I said but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant.
  • 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.
  • I love deadlines, I especially like the swooshing sound they make as they fly past. Scott Adams (Dilbert).
  • Work expands to fill the time available for its completion. Northcote Parkinson.
  • Brevity is the soul of wit. Shakespeare (Hamlet).
  • Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Sun Tzu.
  • Vision without acting is daydreaming, acting without vision is only pastime.
  • What you don’t know will hurt you.
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