“Project management will become a recognized profession when jokes are made about the practitioners.” IPMA

I am not certain I have ever felt project management was profession, rather than being more of a set of management skills, but many people these days do refer to themselves as project managers when you ask them what they do for a living. I guess that suggests to me that it might well be a profession. Dilbert cartoons set the…

“The P in PM is as much about ‘people management’ as it is about ‘project management’.” -– Cornelius Fichtner

I don’t know Mr. Fichtner, I think he is a PMI/PMP blogger, but I like his quote a lot. Project management is mostly about people management, and maybe even more about team selection. I don’t know how many people I have trained in project management over the last 30 years, 1000s, or the number of organizations and companies i have worked at…

Estimating is what you do when you don’t know. ~ Sherman Kent

Last week the Central Intelligence Agency celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis. When the school was established by the Directorate of Intelligence (DI) in early 2000, it was not a hard decision to select Sherman Kent as its namesake. Kent dedicated his career at CIA to producing intelligence analysis to support policy decisionmakers.  Because…

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. ~ Meister Eckhart

The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. ~ Meister Eckhart

A mystic theologian seems a rather odd person to quote for a project management blog. Especially a philosopher/theologian who lived before the Reformation of the 16th century and the Enlightenment a century or two later, when Rational Thinking became central to work and life.