Project Management Humour

Fundamental laws of project management as humorously suggested by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS). 1 min read.

  1. No major project is ever installed on time, within budget or with the same staff that started it. Yours will not be the first.
  2. Projects progress quickly until they become 90 percent complete, then they remain at 90 percent complete for ever.
  3. One advantage of fuzzy project objectives is that they let you avoid the the embarrassment of estimating the corresponding costs.
  4. When things are going well, something will go wrong. When things just cannot get any worse, they will. When things appear to be going better, you have overlooked something.
  5. If the project content is allowed to change freely, the rate of change will exceed the rate of progress.
  6. No system is ever completely debugged. Attempts to debug a system inevitably introduce new bugs that are even harder to find.
  7. A carelessly planned project will take three times longer to complete than expected; a carefully planned project will take only twice as long.
  8. Project teams detest progress reporting because it vividly manifests their lack of progress.

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