Category: PM Quotes

“If you don’t have these 4 things you don’t have a plan: 1) Estimating Parameters, 2) WBS, 3) Activity Duration, Work and Cost, and 4) Network Diagram.” – Ray Coker

These four techniques also make up the main feature set for Microsoft Project. In fact, they are the process, or way to build a plan in Microsoft Project. If you want a real plan, you don’t get to skip over a particular technique. Skip over one piece of the model and what you have is nothing more than an incomplete estimate. Most people, I know…

“Unless estimates are partially derived with proven technique they are nothing less than a WAG” – Ray Coker

If you are an expert and you know, you know. But on a lot of our project activities or work packages, we don’t “know” the cost, effort or duration so we estimate. If we estimate based on our experience and or memory, regardless of how expert we might actually be, it typically is nothing more than WAG – a Wild-Ass…

“In short, they’re (project managers) a bit like a referee at a sporting event: Do a good job and nobody notices; make a mistake and the finger pointing begins.” ― Andrew Longman

I first met Andrew in 1993 and I worked with him on several projects, notably for the Port of Seattle and Sears. When I look back at my career and the people I have worked with in the project management field, there are few people I enjoyed working with more. I also team taught a couple of four day workshops with Andrew and when…

“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…

[At the end of the project.] Lavish credit on anyone and everyone who helped you the least bit. – Tom Peters

I don’t think I have ever fit well into PMI pants or the Microsoft t-shirt. I have always thought PMI, with its lists, inputs, outputs, certification ribbons and…has been, well, not always very exciting. Once at the PMI conference in Houston, I was staying in the Four Seasons next to the convention center where we were running a development program…

“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…