Project Rules

The 10 Project Rules

  1. No major project is ever installed on time, within budget and with all the same staff. (Yours will not be the first!!!)
  2. Projects progress rapidly until they reach 90% completion. They remain at this stage forever.
  3. Fuzzy project objectives let you avoid the embarrassment of estimating corresponding costs.
  4. When things are going well, something will go wrong.
  5. When things cannot get any worse, they will.
  6. When things are going better, you have overlooked something.
  7. If project content changes too freely, the rate of change will exceed the rate of progress.
  8. No system is ever bug free. Attempting a bug free system introduces new ones even harder to find.
  9. Project teams hate progress reports because it vividly shows their lack of progress.
  10. A carelessly planned project will take 3 times longer to complete. (A carefully planned project will only take twice as long!)

Now find out the Ten Ways To Spot A Project in Trouble! Should you be worried?

Ten Ways To Spot A Project in Trouble!

  1. Your project team only gives you good news at every status meeting.
  2. The go live date is only a few weeks away but you, the programme manager, have never seen a hands-on demonstration of the applications or systems.
  3. Most of the e-mails your project team sends to you complain about the lack of skills in the other team members.
  4. Team members continue to play the fine act of protecting themselves at every opportunity.
  5. Team members are resigning at every opportunity.
  6. Team members are either frustrated or constantly on edge or, conversely, feel no pressure to get the job done.
  7. The project has already missed several deadlines and is well over budget.
  8. There has been no detailed walk-through of the project solution by independent reviewers.
  9. When you think of your project, there is no thought of team, but only separate individuals.
  10. The “user community” is not even aware of the existence of the project.


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