Project Management – Quotes – 2 (Process/QA)

Plans and Planning

  • “A good plan can help with risk analyses but it will never guarantee the smooth running of the project.” -– Bentley and Borman
  • “A project without a critical path is like a ship without a rudder.” — D. Meyer
  • “A well-constructed project management workshop should give people a solid foundation to build on.” -– Bentley and Borman
  • “For a project plan to be effective it must equally address the parameters of ‘activity time’ and ‘activity logic’. This logical relationship is required to model the effect schedule variance will have down stream in the project.” -– Rory Burke
  • “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.” –- Fred Brooks
  • “Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” -– Peter Drucker
  • “Plans are worthless, but planning is invaluable.” -— Peter Drucker
  • “Running a project without a WBS is like going to a strange land without a roadmap.” — J. Phillips
  • “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” -— Goethe
  • “This ad hoc approach to project management – coupled as it frequently is, with an on-the-job training philosophy – is pervasive. It is also pernicious.” — Jack Meredith
  • “Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes … but no plans.” -– Peter Drucker
  • “What is truth today may be falsehood tomorrow. Never confuse your plan with truth.” -– Woody Williams
  • “When the territory and the map disagree, believe the territory.” — Swiss Army Manual
  • “You can’t keep it all in your head. Project control tools are an absolute necessity for the control of large projects.” -– Louis Fried


  • “An intelligent person armed with a checklist is no substitute for experience.” — Joy Gumz
  • “At times, project managers seem to forget that many of the conventional forms, charts, and tables that they must fill out are intended to serve as aids, not punishments.” — Mantel, Meredith, Shafer, and Sutton
  • “Before anything can be repeatable or reusable, it must be usable.” -– Woody Williams
  • “Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety of circumstances.” –- Sun Tzu
  • “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” — W. Edwards Deming
  • “It is not a question of how well each process works; the question is how well they all work together.” — Lloyd Dobyns and Clare Crawford-Mason
  • “Process for process sake is not good for goodness sake.” — Lynn A. Edmark
  • “You can only elevate individual performance by elevating that of the entire system.” — W. Edwards Deming

Project Cycle

  • “A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it.” -– Scott Allen
  • “‘Begin at the beginning,’ the King said gravely, ‘and go on till you come to the end; then stop.’”— Lewis Carroll
  • “Like organic entities, projects have life cycles. From a slow beginning they progress to a buildup of size, then peak, begin a decline, and finally must be terminated. (Also, like other organic entities, they often resist termination.)” –- Meredith and Mantel


  • “External audits are routine in the financial area. I fail to understand why nonprofits don’t use them more in the vital program area.” — E. Stoesz
  • “Testing proves the presence of bugs but not their absence.” –- Woody Williams
  • “The testers won’t break the system but the user who thinks the cd-rom drive as a drinks holder will.” –- Cornelius Fitchner
  • “There are two types of software : bad software and the next release.” –- Cornelius Fitchner
  • “When debugging, novices insert corrective code; experts remove defective code.” –- Richard Pattis
  • “When end users get involved in the final stages of testing, light bulbs go on, and they often have an “aha” moment. Unfortunately, that is often too late.” — Frank R. Parth

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