PM_QUOTES

PM_QUOTE 045: KNOW IT ALL

„The most valuable and least used phrase in a project manager’s vocabulary is „I don’t know”.

PM_QUOTE 044: TWO WAYS OF MANAGING PROJECTS

„Projects happen in two ways: (a) Planned and then executed or (b) Executed, stopped, planned and then executed.”

PM_QUOTE 043: BE COMFORTABLE BEING UNCOMFORTABLE

„The most successful project managers have perfected the skill of being comfortable being uncomfortable.”

PM_QUOTE 042: PLANNING AND EXECUTION

„Planning without Execution is useless, Execution without Planning is fatal.”

PM_QUOTE 041: OPTIMISM, YOUR NAME IS PROJECT MANAGER

„If you’re 6 months late on a milestone due next week but really believe you can make it, you’re a project manager.”

PM_QUOTE 040: THINKING UNDER PRESSURE

                            „People under pressure do not think faster.”

PM_QUOTE 039: THINGS WILL GO WRONG

“If there is a 50% chance of something going wrong then 9 times out of 10 it will, so plan accordingly.”

PM_QUOTE 038: OVERTIME ALLOWANCE IS A MYTH

“Overtime allowance is a figment of the naive project manager’s imagination.”

PM_QUOTE 037: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE

“No project has ever finished on time, within budget, as per scope. We’re still waiting for the 1st one.”

PM_QUOTE 036: NEVER UNDERESTIMATE

“Never underestimate the ability of senior management to buy a bad idea and fail to buy a good idea.”

PM_QUOTE 035: HOURS DON’T COUNT

„It’s not the hours that count, it’s what you do in those hours.”

PM_QUOTE 034: ATTACK THE RISKS

„If you don’t attack the risks, the risks will attack you.”

PM_QUOTE 033: LOOSE YOUR HEAD

„If you can keep your head while all around you are losing theirs, you haven’t understood the plan.

PM_QUOTE 032: PROJECT DATA INTERPRETATION

„If you can interpret project status data in several different ways, only the most painful interpretation will be correct.”

PM_QUOTE 031: NOT WRITTEN? NOT SAID!

From a Project Management standpoint, „a verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on”. In short, „what hat NOT been written, had NOT been said”

PM_QUOTE 030: NO NO WITHOUT YES

Never allow a person to tell you NO who doesn’t have the power to say YES. – Eleanor Roosevelt

PM_QUOTE 029: PROJECT MANAGERS vs. TEA BAGS

Strong Project Managers are like tea bags. The more you put them in hot water, the stronger they get.

PM_QUOTE 028: LUCKY PROJECT MANAGERS

Agreed, there are no good project managers – only lucky ones, but, the more you plan the luckier you get

PM_QUOTE 027:IMPERFECT BETTER THAN NOTHING

„Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” – Robert Schuller

PM_QUOTE 026: PROJECT IS A TRUMPET

„Life (read Project) is something like a trumpet. If you don’t put anything in (strategize & plan), you won’t get anything out (desired results & outputs).”


PM_QUOTE 025: ADJUST ACTIONS, NOT GOALS

„When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius

PM_QUOTE 024: PROJECT PROGRESS

Projects progress quickly until they become 95% complete; then they remain at 95% complete forever.”

PM_QUOTE 023: FOCUS ON METHODS, NOT TACTICS

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 c. 490 BC, Chinese military strategist

PM_QUOTE 022: SPEECH IS SILVER, SILENCE IS GOLDEN

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause. – Mark Twain

PM_QUOTE 021: JUGGLING PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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.  G. Reiss

PM_QUOTE 020: SHOW THEM THE WAY

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

PM_QUOTE 019: PROJECT MANAGER IS A BANDMASTER

Project managers function as bandmasters 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

PM_QUOTE 018: INTENTIONS OF PLANNING

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. – Peter Drucker

PM_QUOTE 017: PROJECTS WITHOUT A CRITICAL PATH

A project without a critical path is like a ship without a rudder. – D. Meyer

PM_QUOTE 016: MANAGING PROJECTS WITHOUT A WBS

Running a project without a WBS (work breakdown structure) is like going to a strange land without a roadmap. – J. Phillips 

PM_QUOTE 015:STRONG PROJECT MANAGER

„Everyone asks for a strong project manager but when they get him, they want him NO MORE”.

 

PM_QUOTE 014: MANAGING PROJECTS WITHOUT A GAME PLAN

Trying to manage a project without project management is like trying to play a football game without a game plan. — K. Tate

PM_QUOTE 013: SOMETHINGS WRONG!

“If everything is going exactly to plan, something somewhere is going massively wrong.”

PM_QUOTE 012: IT’S A POLICY!

“If it happens once it’s ignorance, if it happens twice it’s neglect, if it happens three times it’s policy.”

PM_QUOTE 011: GOOD PROJECT MANAGER

“Good project managers admit mistakes: that’s why you so rarely meet a good project manager.”

PM_QUOTE 010:CHANGE FREEZE IS AN ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN

„A change freeze is like the abominable snowman: it is a myth and would anyway melt when heat is applied”.

PM_QUOTE 009: AUTHORITY WITHOUT  WISDOM

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish. — Anne Bradstreet

PM_QUOTE 008: TELL-SHOW-DO

Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand –Chinese Proverb

PM_QUOTE 007: WHY BOTHER PLANNING?

“A badly planned project will take three times longer than expected – a well planned project only twice as long as expected.”

PM_QUOTE 006: KEEP TALKING FOR PROJECT SUCCESS
„Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we KEEP TALKING.” — Stephen Hawking

PM_QUOTE 005: PROJECT IS A COMBINATION LOCK

„A Project is like a combination lock. To strive for project success, your job as a project manager is to find the right numbers, in the right order.”

PM_QUOTE 004: RUN TOWARDS YOUR FEAR

„I don’t run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet.” Nadia Comaneci

PM_QUOTE 003: YOUR DELAY, MY EMERGENCY

„A delay on your end does not automatically mean an emergency on my end”.

PM_QUOTE 002: ALWAYS HELP YOUR TEAM

“I can help you do your job. Unfortunately, I cannot help you by doing your job”.

PM_QUOTE 001: WHO IS THE LEADER? “A good leader takes his/her followers where they want to go. A great leader does not necessarily take his/her followers where they want to go, but where they ought to go”.

 

 

 

 


About Ioana Bandici

Absolventă a studiilor de masterat în specializarea “Managementul Proiectelor”, la Facultatea de Comunicare şi Relaţii Publice “David Ogilvy” din cadrul Şcolii Naţionale de Studii Politice şi Admnistrative, Bucureşti. Deţin peste 6 ani experienţă în managementul de proiect şi peste 2 ani în managementul de program, dobândită atât ca expert în fonduri structurale în cadrul Autorităţi de Management pentru Programul Operaţional Dezvoltarea Capacităţii Administrative 2007-2013, Serviciul Strategie şi Coordonare Program cât şi ca manager de proiect în cadrul administraţiei publice locale. Ofer consultanţă de specialitate în vederea accesării programelor de finanţare europeană cât şi în domeniul promovării şi dezvoltării iniţiative private. Ca formator de formatori, desfăşor training specializat în domeniul managementul de proiect.

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