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The List - 2010 to Present

2010
  1. Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. (Benjamin Disraeli)
  2. Those who live in glass houses should refrain from building rock gardens in their front yards.
  3. You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. (Frank Zappa)
  4. All right brain, I don't like you and you don't like me - so let's just do this and I'll get back to killing you with beer. (Homer Simpson)
  5. Don't let the doorknob hit you where the dog should have bit you. (Michael Wilbon)
  6. If you don't like the drumbeat here, you can always look for a different band to march with! (apologies to Henry David Thoreau )
  7. Many have a reputation that precedes them, but only a few have a reputation that succeeds them.
  8. When disagreement becomes unacceptable, communication ends and propaganda begins. (Paul Delbar)
  9. Adhering to the four freedoms associated with the GPL does not require a vow of poverty.
2011
  1. Should the anti-social among us be banned from joining social networks?
  2. Those who live in the past are the pawns of those who live in the moment.
  3. We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. (Albert Einstein)
  4. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. (Maslow)
  5. Why reinvent the wheel? Because we don't like the person who invented it. (Jen Kramer)
2012
  1. If your dreams don't scare you, they are not big enough. (Dries Buytaert)
  2. I'm so glad I have a spork. It goes with my collection of other novelty items. You know, my rubber ducky, my beanie hat with a propeller, and my chattering wind-up teeth. (Owen Fagerli)
  3. If you find yourself without your spork, in an emergency, visit a KFC. They have lots of black plastic sporks.  I know.  I used to grab 5-6 every time I went there. (Owen Fagerli)
  4. Change ain't lookin' for friends. Change calls the tune we dance to. (Ian McShane as the character Al Swearengen in HBO Series Deadwood, Episode 26)
  5. That's a clown question bro. (Bryce Harper)
  6. If good things come to those who wait, are procrastinators set for life? (Tweet by George Mason U, 17 September 2012)
2013
  1. Yet one more time our fearless leaders played a game of "Kick the Can" and it ended in a tie at the edge of the Fiscal Cliff.
  2. Sorry kids we cook EVERYTHING in the sauerkraut today. You're lucky dessert ain't in there too!  (Tweet by @Pittsburgh_Dad, 01 January 2013)
  3. Think like a gardener; work like a carpenter. (Jim Larranaga)
  4. The older you get, the more important it is to not act your age. (Ashley Brilliant)
2014
  1. Redskins fans deserve a better result.... (Owner Dan Snyder on their 3-13 2013 season)
  2. I think Denver forgot why they were there. (comment on Superbowl XLVIII results by William Hill)
  3. Friends: You have life long ones, you have passing through ones and you have those that hang around while there is something in it for them. Once they have what they want they are hardly seen again! (Wayne Kline, CSC).

The List - 2000 through 2009

2000
  1. Y2K was a wimp.
2001
  1. To think "out of the box," one has to able to first ascertain what is in the
    box.
  2. Never start a presentation with the numbers!
  3. When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.
  4. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
  5. Everyone has a photographic memory.  Some just don't have any
    film.
  6. A day without sunshine is like, well, night.
  7. People lost in thought may be in unfamiliar territory.
  8. Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
  9. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
  10. Light travels faster than sound.  This is why some people appear
    bright until you hear them speak.
  11. Hard work has a future payoff.  Laziness pays off now.
  12. It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.
  13. Always remember you're unique... Just like everyone else.
  14. Networking 101... Nothing in life or networks is ever 100% available...no
    matter how much you pay for it.
2002
  1. As you near the end of a long and somewhat mediocre career, you begin to
    realize that mediocrity is not all that bad.
  2. In the 1960's, it was "Where Have all the Flowers Gone?"  Now its
    "Where Have all the Dot.Coms Gone?"
  3. There is no subsititute for common sense.
  4. Some call a spade a spade; some call a spade a shovel.
  5. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
  6. Save the whales.  Collect the whole set.
  7. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked
    something.
  8. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  9. OK, what's the speed of dark?
  10. Half the people you know are below average.
  11. What do you do when you find out all your silver bullets are tarnished?
  12. Is it really a compliment to be told you are "as sharp as a marble?"
  13. If you need a helping hand, use the one at the end of your own arm.
  14. Work expands to fit the size of your cubical.
2003
  1. If you can't stand the heat, don't start a fire.
  2. The wealthy are all one color...Green!
  3. If you understand everything, you must be misinformed.
  4. Be a Loof...the world already has too many Lerts!
  5. Many are callled, few are chosen, fewer still get to do the choosing.
2004
  1. Politicians call it "Outsourcing;" guess it doesn't sound as ominous as
    "Off-Shoring."
  2. You're just a lost ball in the high weeds. (from the movie "Bad Day at Black Rock")
2005
  1. Lorenz's Law of Mechanical Repair: After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch.
  2. Anthony's Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
  3. O'brien's Variation Law: If you change lines, the one you have left will start to move faster than the one you are in now.
  4. Bell's Theorem: When the body is immersed in water, the telephone rings.
  5. Ruby's Principle of Close Encounters: The probability of meeting someone you know increases when you are with someone you don't want to be seen with.
  6. Willoughby's Law: When you try to prove to someone that a machine won't work, it will.
  7. Zadra's Law of Biomechanics: The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
  8. Breda's Rule: At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.
  9. Colpermin's Law: Body will release gas from the back end, only the when the elevator is crowded and everybody is absolutely silent.
  10. There are 10 types of people in this world.  Those that understand binary and those that don't.
  11. The grass may be greener on the other side...but you still have to mow it.
2006
  1. You can't have everything.  Where would you put it?
  2. The things that come to those who wait will be the things left by those who got there first.
  3. A fine is a tax for doing wrong.  A tax is a fine for doing well.
  4. When you go into court, you are putting yourself In the hands of 12 people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
  5. Great minds think alike...and as one comes to realize over the years, so do small ones.
  6. Too bad you have to go to the great beyond to find out whether your religion was the right one.
  7. Healing takes time, but you can rip a scab off in seconds.
  8. Evil is everywhere - including right inside of all of us.
  9. To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
2007
  1. Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps.
2008
  1. The bigger the lie, the more they believe. (HBO Series The Wire - Season 5, Episode 1)
  2. Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks.
  3. The average dog is nicer than the average person. (Andy Rooney)
  4. It isn't the rebels who cause the troubles of the world.  It's the troubles that cause the rebels.(Carl Oglesby)
  5. It is no longer politically correct to refer to lipstick and pigs in the same sentence.  I wonder if the same holds true for lip gloss and pigs?
  6. Cost of Living Now Outweighs Benefits (from the Onion as quoted in Washington Post Magazine, 16 November 2008).
2009
  1. Beer, it’s the best damn drink in the world. (Jack Nicholson)
  2. Many things are trivial if someone else does them. (Earl Miles, aka merlinofchaos)
  3. We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe... (Stephen Hawking)
  4. I just had a baby.  It would be like throwing a hot-dog down a hallway. (Nancy Botwin, character on Weeds, Season 5, Episode 10)

The List - 1990 through 1999

1990
  1. Stupidity is inversely proportional to one's distance from its source.
  2. When the Chief Technologist resigns, there is no longer a need for donuts at the weekly staff meeting.
  3. When all is said and done, there are some who feel obligated to say it once again.
  4. If you have an idea, tell someone before it dies of loneliness.
  5. Just when you think a model is working, someone who has never used the model decides it will never work and must be fixed.
1991
  1. The caretakers always get the credit for successes.
  2. Epiphanies are rare; Sound and Light Shows are quite common.
  3. Micro-management fosters entropy.
  4. Unfortunately, style overcomes substance in most cases.
  5. Mismanagement is better than no management.
  6. No management is better than "Monte Carlo" Management.
  7. One must be careful not to confuse "Matrix Management" with "Maze Management."
  8. Its extremely difficult to describe the forest to those who are felling the trees as you speak.
  9. When you say the wrong thing, always make sure you say it the right way.
  10. Nothing is important.
  11. When you lie down with swine, you end up on a plate with an apple in your mouth.
  12. It is easier to get forgiveness than it is to get permission.
  13. When its time to find a solution, one must shift from the heights of theory to the gutters of reality.
1992
  1. Conformity impedes creativity.
  2. TQM initiatives succeed, if, and only if, accompanied by TQL.
  3. Never have so many been so confused.
  4. If God had meant for storyboards to document network architecture and design, he would have ensured that engineers knew how to express themselves using clear and lucid English.
  5. When in doubt, sign up another team member.
  6. When really in doubt, put the blame on the team members for all that has left the team.
  7. When you shoot from the hip, you usually end up blowing your own foot off.
  8. Federal Government RFPs without amendments are on the endangered species list.
  9. All good decisions are eventually overturned; all bad decisions are kept forever.
  10. If you write it, they won't understand it. If they write it, you won't like it.
  11. Proposal efforts need "benevolent dictators," not "empowered teams."
  12. Those who fear failure are experts at revisionist history.
1993
  1. Prior to proposal submission, there are certain things such as the system design that are declared to be "good enough;" and not worthy of additional
    effort. Unfortunately, these things are never quite "good enough" and always have to be redone in 5 days or less during the post-submission effort.
  2. The only things dumber than a box of rocks are the indvidual rocks in the box.
  3. When in doubt, pass out plaques.
  4. Never show an academic a bit error rate calculation.
  5. Never leave two academics alone in the same room to assess the worthiness of anything. They will make all the wrong assumptions, insist that you do the analysis based on these invalid assumptions, state your analysis is flawed, and send you an invoice for services rendered.
  6. Never give an academic your Internet mail address.
  7. The larger the font, the longer the letter.
  8. When the going gets tough, the vague seek advice from the perplexed.
  9. Don't confuse those who "achieve" with those who "produce."
  10. Always leap before you look.
  11. Experts are common; expertise is rare.
  12. He doesn't know what he doesn't know.
  13. Name droppings have much the same effect on the "dropee" as bird droppings.
  14. If you yearn to be a successful architect, you better make sure you don't alienate the carpenters.
1994
  1. Greed overcomes indifference.
1995
  1. It isn't what you know, its what you say you know.
  2. Old yuppies never die - they just buy different German cars.
  3. Most people are educated beyond their means.
1996
  1. I make far too much money to cater to your whims.
1997
  1. If its Tuesday, I must be in Belgium.
  2. Contrary to popular belief, those whose wardrobe consists of dark suits and white shirts also put their pants on one leg at a time.
  3. Frequent flyer miles are like money. The more you have the more you want.
  4. Carry-on luggage really isn't.
  5. The best English Pubs are operated by Australians.
  6. The real "Year 2000" problem is yet to be defined. Wer won't know what it really is until we get there.
  7. Using the the term "It's Year 2000 Compliant" is yet another way of saying "It might work...guess we'll have to wait and see how this all works out."
1998
  1. He doesn't know what he doesn't know.
  2. We're not the Team! They are. We're just equipment. They just depreciate us. (Nick Nolte, Dallas North Forty)
  3. Victims World View - "It's all your fault."
  4. Fatherless - Jobless - Remorseless - Hopeless...a resume.
  5. "I don't know" is sometimes stated as "My thought processes were...."
  6. There really are some pictures that are worth a lot less than a thousand words.
  7. There's always someone ahead of you in the "Dumb Line."
  8. When ignorance is bliss, to be wise is a folly.
  9. "That's what I really meant to convey" is another way of saying: "I wish I would have thought of that!"
1999
  1. If you carry a big stick, make sure you don't poke yourself in the eye with it.
  2. For some people, you can almost always say: "He brings it on himself" and be right at least 99.9 percent of the time.
  3. Life is a journey, not a guided tour.

The List - 1983 through 1989

1983 and before

  1. Nothing is easy.
  2. There is never enough time to do it right the first time; however, time becomes available to do it a second time.
  3. Never do more than you have to.
  4. Elegant software is simple software.
  5. Everyone thinks they are more competent than they really are.
  6. Computers do not work overtime without being paid for it, only people do.
  7. All things even out over the long run.
  8. Containment is the purest form of software design.
  9. Life is not fair.
  10. Most people are overpaid.
  11. All proposals underestimate the magnitude of the job.
  12. The shelf life of a program is inversely proportional to the lines of code contained in it.
  13. White papers are often used to rationalize failure to comply with specifications.
  14. Generation and submission of software design specifications does not always indicate that a software design has been accomplished.
  15. Cubicals are not conducive to high productivity.
  16. Most people's productivity is inversely proportional to the size of their desk.
  17. Intelligent terminals aren't.
  18. Never trust a person that carries more than five pens/pencils in their shirt pocket.
  19. Overhead is overhead only when it adversely affects throughput and delay.
  20. Most organizations have a sufficient number of workers; however, most of the work is accomplished by a small subset of these workers.
  21. System requirement documents should be interpreted literally; one should never offer more than required.
  22. In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way.
  23. The inevitable result of improved and enlarged communications between different levels in a hierarchy is a vastly increased area of misunderstanding.
  24. The Chronology of Projects:
     · Uncritical acceptance
     · Wild enthusiasm
     · Dejected disillusionment
     · Total confusion
     · Search for the guilty
     · Punishment of the innocent
     · Promotion of nonparticipants.
  25. The more things change, the more they stay the same (also known as the protocol server design rule).
  26. here are three kinds of people - those who do the work, those who watch those who do the work, and those who wonder what's going on.
  27. The past is the problem; the future is the solution.
  28. If they want it bad, they get it bad.
  29. A prerequisite for membership on a "Tiger Team" is the ability use the word "synchronicity" in your white paper and believe that you haven't lost your
    credibility with those you are criticizing.
  30. If you want it done right, get three other people to do it for you and pretend you have everything under control.
  31. Some people are writers, some people are scribes.
  32. Never file anything where you can find it in a reasonable amount of time.
  33. When attempting to shift the blame to "them," always remember that "they" are doing the same thing to you.
  34. When biting the bullet, be intelligent enough to bite the lead rather than the brass.
  35. Time and money are the great equalizers.
  36. Structure is related to a person's production rate. If a person produces at a rate that is higher than the norm, then others perceive him as proceeding in
    an "unstructured manner."
  37. One has to make a living somehow.
  38. There is a reason for having Functional Design Specifications and Detailed Design Specifications; however, there are some who fail to grasp the not so
    subtle differences between the two.
  39. The presence of structure charts does not necessarily imply a structured design, or for that matter, a rational or workable design.
  40. Everyone knows how software design should be done and how the design should be presented; unfortunately, very few people actually know how to accomplish the "trivial" part of the job, i.e., implementing the design and ultimately making the system work.
  41. Asses would rather have straw than gold.
  42. When you are at the end of your rope, it is important that your feet are on the ground.
  43. Nobody assures the quality of the Quality Assurance Team.
  44. Experts are those who read the book a day before the non- experts do.
  45. Everyone can tell you what you are doing wrong; however, no one ever volunteers to do it for you the right way.
1984
  1. If you think someone is doing it the "wrong way," you can always do it the "right way" provided you are willing to take the responsibility for your
    actions.
  2. If you have a problem, do not attempt to solve it by telling other people that it is their problem.
  3. Donkey work should be done by Jackasses, not people.
  4. The "Three Hour Job" has evolved to the point where it is in the critical path three months later.
  5. In order to conduct a "Structured Walkthrough" for your peers, you must first have some idea who your peers are.
  6. If an interface is not documented in an interface control document, it is not an interface.
  7. One person's quality is another person's garbage.
  8. A project is a lot like a tree - you can tell its age by counting the number of bureaucracy levels.
  9. The key to success is to delegate responsibility. If you can't delegate down, delegate up. Even sideways seems to work.
  10. There are two well-known design approaches that are not usually documented in the Software Engineering literature; however, they are often used in
    practice. One is the "Design by Intimidation" approach; the other is the "Design by Anarchy" approach.
  11. When in doubt, march to the drumbeat of the person who signs your timecard.
  12. Never get into an argument about religion, flow control, or accountability.
  13. Precedence networks are valuable tools only to those managers that do not have to update them.
  14. Role ambiguity prevents one from controlling his own destiny; however, it can be used to one's advantage in certain situations.
  15. People who state that "It Won't Work" often mean that either they do not understand, do not want to take the time to understand, think it won't work well, or that they would not do it that way.
  16. To judge all people by their degree of technical expertise is a fallacy.
  17. People who are paranoid about being labeled a fool often do foolish things in an attempt to prevent it.
  18. One can interpret the phrase "we let this thing get out of hand" as a compliment when the customer says it.
  19. In the old days, 500 lines of code typically had one page of supporting documentation. The state of the art has progressed to the point where 500 lines
    of code requires 100 pages of supporting documentation. In the old days, no one could understand the code because of the lack of documentation. Now everyone can understand the code but no one can understand the documentation.
  20. The "first design" is often the "best design;" however, by the time this is realized, the "worst design" is done to the point that it must be "the design."
  21. One often wonders how we develop software without first having a software development plan.
  22. Computer Scientists are the Alchemists of the 20th Century.
  23. When you know it is horse manure, you don't have to wallow in it to attest to its quality.
  24. When everybody loves you, you don't stand for anything.
  25. When in doubt, recursive plagiarism is many times the best approach.
  26. People who write Firm Fixed Price proposals containing "high risk" factors seldom have to deal with the risk once the proposal is won.
  27. Smart is when you believe only half of what you hear; brilliant is when you know the right half.
  28. If you can't meet the criteria, abolish the criteria.
  29. Those who make history do not have time to write it.
  30. Everyone is a victim of one's own history.
  31. When you have too much work at hand, stop complaining and start putting your hand to work.
  32. The personal computer revolution has the potential to raise productivity to new heights; it may eventually become possible to wring 20 hours of productive work per week out of the average worker.
  33. When in doubt, abstract.
  34. When time seems to be passing you by, there is more to catching up than trading in your self-winding watch for one with a battery and an LCD display.
  35. When you're out to be a lion, you don't get there by pussyfooting around.
  36. Only Jackasses are consistent.
  37. Experience is a wonderful school; however, the tuition is too high for most people.
  38. If you can't say it in 25 words or less, most people tend not to believe you.
  39. Don't worry about those who fog the issue; however, watch out for those who issue the fog.
  40. One does not have to have a computer system to possess artificial intelligence.
  41. When the going gets tough, stop going.
  42. When the dust clears, you will see whether you are riding a horse or an ass.
  43. If a picture is worth a thousand words, why must a thousand words be written to explain each picture?
  44. The only constant in life is disappointment.
  45. There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide everyone into two groups and those who don't.
  46. There is room at the top for those who would fly.
  47. Never become too good at what you do unless you want to do it the rest of your working days.
  48. When you work with someone who insists on doing everything himself let him do it; otherwise, everything will get done at least twice.
  49. Some people are managers; others are leaders.
  50. Blind ass luck triumphs over skill and knowledge every time.
1985
  1. Bureaucracies are like sewage -- the big clumps rise to the top.
  2. Its not brilliance that impresses most people, its bulk.
  3. Life is like a dogsled team -- if you aren't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.
  4. Arrogance and competence are not synonyms.
  5. "You Guys" is an inappropriate choice of words when pointing your finger at "One Guy" in particular.
  6. Nobody's perfect, but some are more imperfect than others.
  7. Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. (R.W. Emerson)
  8. When some project finally does succeed, all the credit will go to the wrong person.
  9. Its not the quality of your BS that counts, its the depth of it.
  10. If you do someone a favor, it becomes your job.
  11. Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.
  12. For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
  13. When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it connected to the entire universe.
  14. History does not repeat itself, historians merely repeat each other.
  15. A closed mouth gathers no feet.
  16. No matter where you go, there you are.
1986
  1. When the going gets tough, everyone leaves.
  2. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.
  3. For those who believe, no explanation is necessary; for those who don't, no explanation will suffice.
  4. Never do between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM that which you can do by working until 3:00 AM.
  5. If you don't want someone's opinion, don't bother to ask for it.
  6. Everyone has an opinion, all of which are equally bad.
  7. Every time you make your mark, someone erases it.
  8. Some people strive to simplify the complex; others strive to stamp out simplification wherever it exists.
  9. Those who speak the least say the most.
  10. If you never ask the question, chances are you will never hear the answer.
  11. Some people are consistently right 95% of the time -- of course the missing 5% is always that needed to really solve the problem.
  12. We often hear the phrase "they should not have done it that way." This does not relieve us of the responsibility for interfacing to things done "their way."
  13. If you know how to use a "Breakout Box," chances are you are either grossly overpaid or grossly underpaid.
  14. Relational databases are wonderful -- they allow people to obscure the obvious.
  15. Everyone would like to be the boss -- until they become the boss.
  16. Some people do not succeed at all; no person succeeds all the time.
  17. If you don't have any enemies, you don't have any character.
  18. Make sure you are ahead on points when the time runs out.
  19. It is much easier to criticize than create.
  20. If it isn't documented with the written word and the date of origin, the
    only rational approach is to treat it as hearsay and/or folklore.
  21. Those who are perfect impede the progress of those who are not.
  22. We spend too much time chasing perfection.
  23. Those who are obsessed with knowing everything always depend on those who do not know everything to survive.
  24. Trivial technical issues always consume more time and money than non-trivial technical issues.
  25. Never do it right the first time -- it consumes too much time and money to convince everybody it is right; therefore, it may as well be wrong.
  26. If God had wanted all conductors in RS-232C cables to be the same color, he would have made all engineers color-blind.
  27. Its not easy to make friends when you are competent.
  28. You can only beat a drum so long before the drumstick breaks.
  29. The nail that sticks up shall be hammered down.
  30. The Boss who attempts to impress employees with his knowledge of intricate detail has lost sight of his final objective.
  31. The cream rises to the top - so does the scum.
  32. A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.
  33. A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a simple working system.
  34. Everyone has a place in life - if you have no other skills, you can always assume the role of the "bad example" for everyone else to criticize.
  35. "I must do something" solves more problems than "something must be done."
  36. Some are part of the problem -- some are part of the solution.
  37. Genius has bounds, stupidity has none.
  38. Most organizations have too many heads and not enough brains.
1987
  1. Before eating the elephant one bite at a time, one must first get it out of
    the oven and onto the plate.
  2. Normal people aren't.
  3. If you want anything done, don't do it yourself.
  4. Never say "Whoa" in a mudhole.
  5. Beware when the "expert" doesn't understand what the hell you are talking
    about.
  6. Ten percent of the job is doing it; the other 90 percent is justifying what you did to people who don't understand what you did but need to know enough to take the credit for getting the job done.
  7. One way to fix the blame is to "blame the fixer."
  8. If you have never made a mistake, then you have never done anything of significance.
  9. If the job was easy the customer would do it himself.
  10. Its not what you do, its what people think you do.
  11. Some people keep track of everything, some people keep track of nothing - both kinds are typically useless.
  12. The guys responsible for doing the work also own the problems.
  13. Don't piss down my neck and tell me its raining. (from the movie The Outlaw Josie Wales)
  14. Telling half of the truth is many times worse than telling a lie.
  15. BS walks, money talks.
  16. The obvious never is at the right time.
  17. Transition planning is by definition the task of those who know the least
    about both the present and future systems.
  18. Never have so few been led by so many.
  19. Never ask the people who designed the system how it works; they may give you an answer both you and the customer don't want to hear.
  20. Work Breakdown Structures are always proven inadequate the first week they are used.
  21. Those who talk must also realize that there are those who must listen.
  22. The best way to fix the blame is to blame the fixers.
  23. If no one understands what you are saying, quit saying it and write it down in clear and lucid English - almost no one will admit to not knowing how to
    read.
  24. Tell me what to do before its due, else I'll tell you what I've done when I'm through.
  25. Almost everyone on a project claims to know how the system works; however, almost no one knows how to fix it when it breaks.
  26. If you don't manage change, change will manage you.
  27. If you are into being abused, volunteer to coordinate office moves.
  28. Those who have the "gimmees" are pawns of those who choose to be "givers."
  29. There are many ways to achieve your end objective -- one way to guarantee you won't is to alienate those who directly (or indirectly) control your
    destiny.
  30. Its hard to be humble when you think you aren't.
  31. If builders built like programmers program, the first woodpecker would have destroyed civilization.
  32. If it works, don't fix it.
  33. If it doesn't work, get somebody else to fix it.
  34. If somebody else can't fix it, ignore the fact that it is broken.
  35. Losing it is easier than doing it.
  36. If you intend to shoot yourself, aim for the foot, not the head.
  37. Blaming everybody else does not imply you are perfect.
  38. If you are too busy to do your job, you are probably incompetent.
  39. When in doubt, blame engineering.
  40. Denouncing those who disagree with you is one way to cover your incompetence.
  41. Organization Charts and Work Breakdown Structures are similar; neither actually reflects reality.
  42. Let he who casts the first stone make sure it is big enough to do the job it was meant to do -- if it isn't, the resulting avalanche may destroy him.
  43. Always remember that the "Man Who Would Be King" ended up losing his head. (courtesy R. Kipling)
  44. If you need a friend, buy a dog (Gordon Gekko,character in the movie Wall Street).
  45. On every project, there is at least one person who manages to alienate, at one time or the other, all other people working on the project.
  46. Never say you've seen or heard everything until you go through your in-box each day.
  47. You can't listen when your mouth is open.
1988
  1. There's nothing wrong with biting the hand which is not feeding you.
  2. Nice guys never finish anything; they are too busy worrying about who they will offend.
  3. Buzz words have come a long way. In the old days it was called a Lay-Off; then it became known as a Staff Reduction; now it is called an Organizational Optimization.
  4. What the Hell; It works, doesn't it?
  5. What a difference a day makes.
  6. When the going gets weird, the weird get going.
  7. Lunch is for Wimps.(Gordon Gekko, character in the movie Wall Street)
  8. When you don't know who you work for, you better look for another job.
  9. There comes a time on all projects when "Re-Engineering" turns into "De-Engineering."
  10. At some point in time on every large project, most problems have been encountered and resolved at least one time; however, upon reoccurrence of these same problems, they are viewed as new problems. Hence, as a project matures, the time and money expended to resolve a particular problem increases rather than decreases.
  11. Fortunately, the rate at which the same problems occur decreases as the project matures.
  12. In the game of life, batteries are not included.
1989
  1. Unless you want an organization staffed with mediocre employees, you are going to have to accept some people whose behavior is a little outside the norm.
  2. When its time for the Live Test Demo, rehearsals walk and competence talks.
  3. When theory and practice do not match, more often than not, neither the theoreticians nor practitioners know the correct answer.
  4. Those who are on the edge of panic always advise those who remain rational to not panic.
  5. If you have never been involved in "Renting a Pig," then you don't understand the significance of the phrase "We Don't Rent Pigs Here."
  6. Something is wrong when everybody except the client panics when the Live Test Demo Director forgets a password.
  7. When you are trying to make something actually work, those who have no idea how to make it work are glad to offer their considered opinion on why it doesn't
    work.
  8. There are two kinds of people present at all Live Test Demos: those who fix problems and those who take credit for fixing problems. They are never the same people.
  9. No project is ever completed on time, within budget, and with the same staff that started it.
  10. Projects progress quickly until they become 90 percent complete; then they remain 90 percent complete.
  11. One advantage of fuzzy design objectives is that they let you avoid the embarrassment of estimating the corresponding costs.
  12. When things are going well, something will go wrong.
  13. When things just can't get any worse, they will.
  14. When things appear to be going well, you have overlooked something.
  15. If customer commitments are allowed to change freely, the rate of change
    will exceed the rate of progress.
  16. No system is ever completely debugged; attempts to debug a system inevitably introduce new bugs that are even harder to find.
  17. A carelessly planned project will take three times longer to complete than expected; a carefully planned project will take only twice as long.
  18. Project teams detest progress reporting because it vividly manifests their lack of progress.
  19. Failure to make a decision is much worse than making the wrong decision.
  20. You can't make a 1024-byte silk purse out of eight 128-byte sow's ears.
  21. Technical illiteracy is much more forgivable than technical stupidity.
  22. If the customer doesn't state it as a requirement in the RFP, don't invent it for the proposal.
  23. In addition to the Proposal Manager and Technical Director, every proposal effort requires a "Cosmetologist" to make it presentable to the public.
  24. If you advertise yourself as a Fireman, you better have enough water to put out the Fire.
  25. BS has the same mathematical properties as the number 1; that is, BS raised to any power is still BS.
  26. Real experts are those people who realize that they don't know everything.

The List

Some are original, many are not.  My acknowledgements to all who contributed, either directly or indirectly! The list first appeared in the early 1980's and has grown substantially over the years.  If you like the list (or any portion thereof), feel free to make use of it.  If you do make use of the list contents on the Web, I'd appreciate it if you provide a link back to www.hrpr.com.