For the next series of discussions on our blog here at Projects by Design I’d like to talk about some of the quips and quotes that have become part of my lingo as a Project Manager. These have all been derived from things I’ve learned and have helped me build high performing project teams and successfully deliver projects. These are all practical things, but there are some key principles found in the Project Management Body of Knowledge that also apply that you also may find helpful.

For each of the articles we’ll explore the saying or quip, what it means and some of the experiences from which they were derived. Some of these may give you a little chuckle in some cases, but the practical application for these quotes I’m hoping will be helpful as you grow in your project management skills.

Over the course of the next several weeks we will talk about the following:

  • You can’t steer a parked car.
  • You always know more tomorrow than you do today.
  • You get what you inspect not what you expect.
  • Bad news doesn’t get better with time.
  • The difference between a good and a great project manager is choice of projects.
  • You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink… unless you salt their oats.
  • Patience is not the art of waiting, but the art of timing.
  • Its never not about the team.
  • PMs (and PMOs) should never run their own projects.
  • Uniqueness is the point.

Join us as we explore each of these items over the next several weeks!

Dan Barringer