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Project Management one-liners that resonate outside the UK

I’ve been running Project Management workshops this week for a client whose headquarters is in France. They brought together people from France, Italy, Germany and the Benelux. It’s always interesting and challenging working out how colloquialisms I use in UK PM training work with non-UK audiences.

Here are a few that seemed to translate and resonated with my workshop participants this week:

    The only thing you know about your project plan at the start of a project is that it is wrong!
    Plans are nothing, planning is everything (General Eisenhower talking about the thought processes that go into planning being more important than the document you create)
    People do what you inspect, not what you expect (pay attention to what’s important otherwise people will decide that for themselves)
    Try hard, fail fast (a mantra for more agile approaches to designing and running projects)
    You cannot plan to be on-time, you have to plan to be early (the rationale for creating buffered plans and programmes)
    Every time you, as Project Manager, have a conversation with someone, you either Zapp! them or Sapp them (your words and non-verbal communication either leaves people feeling more positive or more negative – from the book “Zapp! – the lightning of empowerment”)


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