Project Management – Quotes – 1

Top 10 Project Management Quotes

  1. “A {specification, design, procedure, test plan} that will not fit on one page cannot be understood.” – Mark Ardis
  2. “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
  3. “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” — Will Rogers
  4. “No matter how good the team or how efficient the methodology, if we’re not solving the right problem, the project fails.” –- Woody Williams
  5. “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra.” — H.E. Luccock
  6. “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
  7. “Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal.” — Cornelius Fitchner
  8. “Trying to manage a project without project management is like trying to play a football game without a game plan.” — K. Tate
  9. “We will either find a way, or make one.” –– Hannibal
  10. “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

What is Project Management and What Do Project Managers Do

  • “Being a Project Manager is like being an artist, you have the different colored process streams combining into a work of art” -– Greg Cimmarrusti
  • “Operations keeps the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward.” — Joy Gumz
  • “Project management can be defined as a way of developing structure in a complex project, where the independent variables of time, cost, resources and human behavior come together.”-– Rory Burke
  • “Project management is like juggling three balls – time, cost and quality. Program management is like a troupe of circus performers standing in a circle, each juggling-three balls and swapping balls from time to time.” — G. Reiss
  • “Project management is the art of creating the illusion that any outcome is the result of a series of predetermined, deliberate acts when, in fact, it was dumb luck.” –-  Harold Kerzner
  • “Project managers function as bandleaders who pull together their players each a specialist with individual score and internal rhythm. Under the leader’s direction, they all respond to the same beat.” — L.R. Sayles
  • “Project managers rarely lack organisational visibility, enjoy considerable variety in their day- to-day duties, and often have the prestige associated with work on the enterprise’s high- priority objectives.” –- Meredith and Mantel
  • “The P in PM is as much about ‘people management’ as it is about ‘project management’.” -– Cornelius Fichtner
  • “The project manager is expected to integrate all aspects of the project, ensure that the proper knowledge and resources are available when and where needed, and above all, ensure that the expected results are produced in a timely, cost- effective manner.” -– Meredith and Mantel
  • “The project manager must be able to develop a fully integrated information and control system to plan, instruct, monitor and control large amounts of data, quickly and accurately to facilitate the problem-solving and decision- making process.” –- Rory Burke
  • “Whilst you can practice good project management without EVM, you cannot practice EVM effectively without good project management.” — Steve Crowther
  • “Why do so many professionals say they are project managing, when what they are actually doing is fire fighting?” -– Colin Bentley

Action and Tasks

  • “A task is not done until it is done.” -– Louis Frie
  • “Add little to little and there will be a big pile” –- Ovid
  • “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” –  Friedrich Engels
  • “Each completed task establishes certain parameters and imposes constraints on the next task.” -– Louis Fried
  • “He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.” – Horace
  • “If everything seems under control, you’re not going fast enough.” — Mario Andretti
  • “Momentum is a fragile force. Its worst enemy: procrastination. Its best friend: a deadline (think Election Day). Implication no. 1 (and there is no no. 2): Get to work! NOW!” -– Tom Peters
  • “Pharmaceutical projects are like fresh fruit – they depreciate if they are not tended to, and they do poorly if sitting on the shelf with long periods of inactivity.” — R. Burns
  • “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” — Peter Drucker
  • “Some things are better done than described.” –- Hunt and Thomas
  • “To get a project off the ground, tell a colleague it was their idea. They will put their heart and soul into making it successful.” — T. Wouhra
  • “Working ten hour days allows you to fall behind twice as fast as you could working five hour days.” -– Issac Assimov

Change and Change Management

  • “Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.” –- Samuel Johnson
  • “Event management is the same as for any project – the project plan needs to include an appropriate change control process.” — Brenda Treasure
  • “It is always easier to talk about change than to make it.” — Alvin Toffler
  • “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
  • “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


  • “Data is like garbage.  You’d better know what you are going to do with it before you collect it.”— Mark Twain
  • “Don’t use a sledgehammer to crack a walnut, but equally don’t agree important things informally where there is a chance of a disagreement later over what was agreed.” -– Colin Bentley
  • “Ensure your documentation is short and sharp and make much more use of people-to-people communication.” -– Bentley and Borman
  • “If it is not documented, it doesn’t exist.  As long information is retained in someone’s head, it is vulnerable to loss.” -– Louis Fried
  • “Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Reconnaissance memoranda should always be written in the simplest style and be purely descriptive. They should never stray from their objective by introducing extraneous ideas.” –- Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “The conditions attached to a promise are forgotten and the promise is remembered.” -– Edwards, Butler, Hill and Russell
  • “What is not on paper has not been said.” – Anonymous
  • “Unengaged sponsor sinks the ship.” – Angela Waner

Failure and Learning

  • “I have witnessed boards that continued to waste money on doomed projects because no one was prepared to admit they were failures, take the blame and switch course. Smaller outfits are more willing to admit mistakes and dump bad ideas.” — Luke Johnson
  • “If an IT project works the first time, it was a very small and simple project.” -– Cornelius Fitchner
  • “If an IT project works the first time, it was in your nightly dreams. Time to wake up and get to work.” –- Cornelius Fitchner
  • “If you always blame others for your mistakes, you will never improve.” — Joy Gumz
  • “If you have never recommended canceling a project, you haven’t been an effective project manager.” -– Woody Williams
  • “In NASA, we never punish error. We only punish the concealment of error.” — Al Siepert
  • “In poorly run projects, problems can go undetected until the project fails. It’s like the drip … drip … drip of an leaky underground pipe. Money is being lost, but you don’t see it until there is an explosion.” — Joy Gumz
  • “It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” – James Thurber
  • “It’s not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what’s required.” -– Winston Churchill
  • “Know when to cut your losses if necessary. Don’t let your desire to succeed be the enemy of good judgment. If Napoleon had left Moscow immediately, he may have returned with a salvageable army.” -– Jerry Manas
  • “No major project is ever installed on time, within budget, with the same staff that started it.” -– Edwards, Butler, Hill and Russell
  • “Skills can be learned while experience must be earned.” — Joy Gumz
  • What we learn from lessons learned is that we don?t learn from lessons learned.” — T. Block

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>