Fun with Project Management: Laws to Remember

CARLSON’S CONSOLATION:

Nothing is ever a complete failure; it can always serve as a bad example.

COHN’S LAW:

The more time you spend in reporting on what you are doing, the less time you have to do anything. Stability is achieved when you spend all your time reporting on the nothing you are doing.

CROPP’S LAW:

The amount of work done varies inversely with the amount of time spent in the office.

GUMPERSON’S LAW:

The probability of a given event occurring is inversely proportional to its desirability.

RYAN’S LAW:

Make three correct guesses consecutively and you will establish yourself as an expert.

MURPHY’S LAWS:

1) If anything can go wrong, it will.
2) Nothing is as easy as it looks.
3) Everything takes longer than you think it will.

DOW’S LAW:

In a hierarchical organization, the higher the level, the greater the confusion.

PETER’S PRINCIPLE:

In every hierarchy, each employee tends to rise to the level of his incompetence.

PARKINSON’S LAW:

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

PARKINSON’S LAW, MODIFIED:

The components you have will expand to fill the available space.

WEILER’S LAW:

Nothing is impossible for the man that doesn’t have to do the work.

Which one is your favorite?  Tell us in the comments section!

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About medhiraenterprises

Anita Dhir, PMP®, President/CEO Medhira Enterprises, www.medhira.com, is a lead consultant and trainer providing project management and operational best practice solutions to her clients based in USA, Europe, India, and Mauritius. She has over 18 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies where she has successfully planned and implemented strategic quality and project management initiatives such as project office, training, and process improvement for organizations to achieve SEI’s CMM, Levels 2 and 3. Anita has conducted over 500 plus workshops across the globe and shared her expertise with over 3000 students. Anita served on various PMI Chapter Boards between 1998 and 2008. She is an Adjunct Professor at NYU. She has degrees in Computer Engineering and Physics. Anita can be reached at adhir@medhira.com.
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