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Murphy and Friends – Laws of Project Management

February 11, 2010
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Every once in a while, when I need a chuckle, I am going to share some of the Laws of Project Management with you.  Hopefully they will make you laugh as well.  A sense of humor is an essential part of your Project Management toolkit.

Here are a few to get us started:

  • You can con a sucker into committing to an unreasonable deadline, but you can’t bully him into meeting it.
  • A user will tell you anything you ask about—nothing more.
  • What is not on paper has not been said.

Chisholm’s Second Law: When things are going well, something will go wrong.

Corollaries

  1. When things just can’t get any worse, they will.
  2. Anytime things appear to be going better, you have overlooked something.

Patton’s Law: A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.

(Source: Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling, Tenth Edition. Harold Kerzner. 2009)

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