Eight Basic Principles of Project Management
- No major project is ever installed on time, within budget,
with the same staff that started it. Yours will not be the first.
- Projects progress rapidly until they become 90 percent
complete; they then remain 90 percent complete forever.
- One advantage of fuzzy project objectives is that they let you
avoid the embarrassment of estimating the corresponding costs.
- When things are going well, something will go wrong.
- When things just can't get any worse, they will.
- When things appear to be going better, you have overlooked something.
- If project content is allowed to change freely, the rate of change
will exceed the rate of progress.
- No system is ever completely debugged; attempts to debug a new
system inevitably introduce new bugs that are even harder to find.
- A carelessly planned project will take three times longer to
complete than you expected; a carefully planned project will only
take twice as long.
- Project teams detest progress reports, because these reports vividly
manifest their lack of progress.