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”)