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Below are 20 project management proverbs that show you what can go wrong

?You cannot produce a baby in one month by impregnating nine women

?The same work under same conditions will be estimated differently by ten different estimators or by one estimator at ten different times

?The most valuable and least used word in a project manager’s vocabulary is “NO”

?You can con a sucker into committing to an unreasonable deadline, but you can’t bully him into meeting it

?The more ridiculous the deadline, the more it costs to try to meet it.

?The more desperate the situation, the more optimistic the situate.

?Too few people on a project can’t solve the problems – too many create more problems than they solve

?You can freeze the user’s specs but he won’t stop expecting

?Frozen specs and the abominable snowman are alike: They are both myths, and they both melt when sufficient heat is applied

?The conditions attached to a promise are forgotten, and the promise is remembered

?What you don’t know hurts you

?A user will tell you anything you ask about – nothing more

?Of several possible interpretations of a communication, the least convenient one is the only correct one

?What is not on paper has not been said

?No major project is ever installed on time, within budget, with the same staff that started it.

?Project progress quickly until they become 90% complete, then they remain at 90% complete forever

?If a project content is allowed to change freely, the rate of change will exceed the rate of progress

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