Monthly Archives: August 2014

Project Management – Quotes – (Risk, Schedules)

Risks and Risk Management

  • “Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups.” — Wethern’s Law of Suspended Judgement
  • “PMs are the most creative pros in the world; we have to figure out everything that could go wrong, before it does.” –- Fredrik Haren
  • “Project proposals, business cases or cost benefit analyses are probably being massaged (either by underestimating costs or timeframes or by being very optimistic about the benefits) so projects will be approved.” -– Bentley and Borman
  • “When a risk occurs, with some ingenuity, this may open up an opportunity, and conversely when pursuing an opportunity there will be associated risks. Risks are generally deemed acceptable if the possible gains exceed the possible losses.” –- Rory Burke

Schedule and Time

  • “Beware the time-driven project with an artificial deadline.” — M. Dobson
  • “It is useless to desire more time if you are already wasting what little you have.” -— James Allen
  • “Projects progress quickly until they become 90% complete; then remain at 90% complete forever.” -– Edwards, Butler, Hill and Russell
  • “The functional groups should not be allowed to stretch out the project for the sake of improvement, refinement, or the investigation of the most remote potential risk.” -– Meredith and Mantel
  • “There is nothing more perishable than an airline seat – unless it is time on a project.” — Joy Gumz
  • “You may con a person into committing to an unreasonable deadline, but you cannot bully them into meeting it.” -– Edwards, Butler, Hill, and Russell

Quotes on – “Vision”


  • “All things are created twice; first mentally; then physically.  The key to creativity is to begin with the end in mind, with a vision and a blue print of the desired result.” — Stephen Covey
  • “Effective leaders help others to understand the necessity of change and to accept a common vision of the desired outcome.” — John Kotter
  • “Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.” — Henry Miller
  • “Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.” –- Napoleon Hill
  • “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” — Jack Welch
  • “He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear with almost any ‘how’.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “I think there is something, more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.” — W. Clement Stone
  • “If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” -— Albert Einstein
  • “It’s easy to see, hard to foresee.” — Benjamin Franklin
  • “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.” — Gail Devers
  • “People are more inclined to be drawn in if their leader has a compelling vision. Great leaders help people get in touch with their own aspirations and then will help them forge those aspirations into a personal vision.” — John Kotter
  • “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” — John C. Maxwell
  • “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” — Joel Barker
  • “Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” — Jonathan Swift
  • “When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde
  • “With vision there is no room to be frightened., No reason for intimidation. It’s time to march forward! Let’s be confident and positive!” — Charles R. Swindoll