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10 laws of project management

Augustine’s Law

A bad idea executed to perfection is still a bad idea

Corollary: A good idea poorly executed is of no use to anyone

 

Lakein’s Law

Failing to plan is planning to fail

Eisenhower’s corollary : Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.

 

Fitzgerald’s Law

There are two states to any large project :

  • too early to tell
  • and too late to stop

Corollary: Projects have momentum, once started they become increasingly difficult to stop

 

Hofstadter’s Law

It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.

 

Parkinson’s Law

Work expands to fill the time available.

Corollary: If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do

 

Constantine’s Law

A fool with a tool is still a fool.

Corollary: A fool with a tool is a more dangerous fool

 

Graham’s Law

If they know nothing of what you are doing, they suspect you are doing nothing

 

Murphy’s Law

If anything can go wrong, it will.

1st corrolary: Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

2nd corrolary: If there is a worse time for something to go wrong, it will happen then

 

Kinser’s Law

By the time you finish doing something, you know enough to start

 

 

 

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