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Funny (but true) project management quotes

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Leading up to the 2017 PMI Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, we created a video based on funny project management-related quotes from around the world.

We hoped that it would resonate with our audience and create a talking point for attendees.

The quotes we chose to illustrate are:

“Project management is like dating – you smile a lot, you pretend to enjoy yourself, and you wait for some jerk to call you back.” – Anon

“Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.” – firstscience.com

“We build systems like the Wright brothers built airplanes – build the whole thing, push it off a cliff, let it crash and start all over again.” – R.M Graham

“This program is too large to manage using a project management tool. That’s why we’re using spreadsheets and PowerPoint.” – Former program manager on a program that was $200M over budget and two years behind schedule!

“If everything seems to be going well, you obviously don’t know what’s going on.” – Edward Murphy

The video

Funnies that didn’t quite make the cut

“Currently it rotates completely on its axis once every 24 hours. To complete this project, you’ll need to spin it fast
enough to perform a complete rotation once every 84 minutes.” – Douglas H Adams

“If at first you don’t succeed, remove all evidence that you even tried.” – Anon

“Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.” – Mark Twain

We hope you enjoyed this blog and video as much as we enjoyed making it. Hopefully you can relate to at least one of the examples! If there are any funny quotes that you’d like to share feel free to leave them in the comments below or on the video comments on our YouTube channel.

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