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Happy St. Patrick’s Day – More Murphy and Friends – Laws of Project Management

March 16, 2010

  • The more ridiculous the deadline, the more it costs to try to meet it.
  • The more desperate the situation, the more optimistic the situatee.
  • Too few people on a project can’t solve the problems—too many create more problems than they solve.
  • Courtois’s Rule: If people listened to themselves more often, they’d talk less.
  • Dude’s Law of Duality: Of two possible events, only the undesired one will occur.
  • Gresham’s Law: Trivial matters are handled promptly; important matters are never resolved.

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

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