Entries from Project tagged with 'aphorisms'

Ideas about Ideas

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe it. ~Don Marquis A half-baked idea is okay as long as it's in the oven. ~Author Unknown The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas, and throw... read more.

Swanson's uh... W.L King's Unwritten Rules

Cleaning out the queue of old articles that I never got around to publishing: This set of rules was "unwritten" by Raytheon CEO Bill Swanson, but it turned out that it he cribbed a number of them from W. L.... read more.

"The past is a different country, and it's better to collect the postcards than to actually visit!"

Found today's title from a comment over on Matt's site. The attribution is to one "LanguageHat" who is far too literary for me to keep up with. Some other thoughts on the subject: "Things ain't what they used to be... read more.

Inventing the new new thing

"When it seems that a new man or a new school has invented a new thing, it will only be found that the gifted among them have secured a firmer hold than usual of some old thing." Walter Sickert Walter... read more.

The Beginning of Error

"The beginning of error may be, and mostly is, from private persons, but the maintainer and continuer of error is the multitude" Sir James Hales James Hales was famous for a couple of things, contesting Henry VIII's will and for... read more.

Cutting and Confining

"The flower in the vase still smiles, but no longer laughs" Malcolm de Chazal Aphorism week continues through Friday... read more.

Drawing Conclusions

Yesterday's article on the proposed PMI Practice Standard for Scheduling got me thinking about what value there is in complying with their standard. Is it better to include everything but the kitchen sink? Is it not?Samuel Butler says: Life is... read more.

Monday Monday

It is aphorism week here at Project. Too hot for anything else. "Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless" Pascal "Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes" Oscar Wilde Feel free to suggest your... read more.

PM Aphorisms and a house built of straw

I've written before that project management types like aphorisms and numbered lists. It continues to be true. Part of the appeal is that aphorisms come with an assumption that they are universally true. As W. H. Auden stated: "The aphorist... read more.

More about Project Management Aphorisms

Bob Ashley has a nice ran^H^H^Hcomment on Project Management aphorisms here. I'll leave out the part about dying flowers, Tom Peters, Marshall Goldsmith and fantasy fulfilment and just choose this part: In conclusion, I think we're enthralled with the aphoristic... read more.

More Sweetness and Simplification

I wrote earlier about the propensity of Project Management types to adopt checklists to explain and (I assume) inspire themselves. I keep finding new examples. Am I just convincing myself that it is more common then it really is? I... read more.

Project Management Aphorisms

What is it about "Project Management People" that causes them to express themselves in aphorisms? For an example check out this blog. Is there not enough truth that they feel compelled to make up some more? Is it that an... read more.

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