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Favourite quotes about planning

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Carmen Arape
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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
- Benjamin Franklin

“ Planning is an unnatural process, It is much more fun to do something.

The nicest thing about no planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression “
John Harvey-Jones, 1992


Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.
- Bernard Baruch, stock broker, advisor to presidents Woodrow Wilson, Harry S. Truman, (1870-1965)

Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
- Lester Robert Bittel (b. 1918), writer

Have a plan. Follow the plan, and you’ll be surprised how successful you can be. Most people don’t have a plan. That’s why it’s is easy to beat most folks.
- Paul "Bear" Bryant, football coach, University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide.

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.
- Peter Drucker

It’s not the plan that’s important, it’s the planning.
- Dr. Gramme Edwards

Plans are worthless. Planning is essential.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower, general and president (1890-1961)

Among the quotes mentioned, the last two are for those planners who believe that the most important is P6 and its output.

Cheers,

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Charles Wright
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I adapted this one a bit.

 

"Got to my P6 Fundamentals class a bit late, made some lousy excuse as I was still a bit hungover. Just slid down my desk and hoped no one would ask me a question. Man am I the best Instructor ever!"

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Good Planners plan ahead, so even before TF = 0, update your C.V.

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I know I am a bit behind the previous posts - No pun intended.

A few I have picked up along the way from some PM's and fellow planners:

'No-one gives a s*&t about the planner until it all turns to s*&t!!'

'Phew now that I am on programme, we can cruise to the end' - project was 6 weeks late

'B doesn't always have to come after A, just as long as they are both done before C can start'

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Here's one that, as far as I know, is mine (leaving the door open to the possibility that I heard it somewhere years ago and forgot):

"Project management is what you are forced to do when you don't Plan"

 

This concept reveals my disappointment with the lack of planning and scheduling talents in most project managers, or perhaps I should say, the lack of interest.

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Hi R.

Will they be allowed to use their zimmer frames?

Best regards

Mike T.
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:) Nice one Rafael...

For the sake of fight money, there’s a plan to put Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield in a fight, where I don’t know yet.

Best regards,
R. Catalan
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Sorry to say but the best weight division to watch this time and always is at welterweights (the likes of Pacman, Floyd, Shame Mosley, etc.).

Heavywights should fight at Shamu Stadium.
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Rafael,

During the catch-up weight fight between Floyd Mayweather and Juanma Marquez at 143 lbs., Floyd was penalized for coming overweight (allowed by a clause in the contract). But Floyd did that to take advantage of the weight different especially Juanma was a natural lightweight. The money he paid is nothing compare to what he earned, and to tell everyone that he’s still the P4P King (self-declared).

Mike,

Sorry to say but the best weight division to watch this time is at welterweights (the likes of Pacman, Floyd, Shame Mosley, etc.) Floyd and Shane will fight this May 1st.

Best regards,
R. Catalan
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Hi Rafael & Catalan

Boxing seems to have hijacked this topic - did anyone notice the Hayemaker retained a HEAVYWEIGHT title for Britain last night?

Personally I am not in favour of violent sport but nothing turns me on more than watching two sweaty bucks knocking hell out of each other.

How about you Carmen - please discuss.

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Catalan,

I believe boxing rules shall require a boxer for a minimum of punches per round, if he does not throw in order to over protect himself a warning should be in order before disqualification. Many people paid a lot of money to watch the fight and we at home even when between a group of friends share the cost of “pay per view” is expensive.

There is another rule I do not agree, is about when a Boxer not making the weight, the fight is not valid for a title but if the other boxer accepts it for the money it can go. If the other fighter do not accepts, then the fight is cancelled, but what about the time and expenses already incurred. Those who do not make the weight shall be held responsible in some way.

Juanma is good but worries me how he protects his hands, is like there is some problem, only time will tell, maybe there is no problem at all.

Best regards,
Rafael
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Rafael,

Clottey knows that he’s going to be defeated by Pacman and instead of using his other skills, he stick to his signature tight defense to keep his record of not losing by a KO. Hatton and Cotto are better respected by trading punches with Pacman.

If Clottey took 1,200+ punches from Pacman, he’s taking more now that even fellow Ghanaians have participated in slamming him for his poor performance.

Beyond Pacman, I have great respect of Juan Manual Lopez. He’ll keep the flag of Puerto Rico flying with boxing championships. I would like to see him fighting in 140-147 lbs like Pacman.

Our profession is as challenging as boxing.

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R. Catalan
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Scarlet,

Clottey threw nothing, he took no chances, that I don’t like. I saw Manny win all 12 rounds. In a way he did not allowed Pacquiau to show how good he is.

Best regards,
Rafael
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Hello Rafael,

Nice to hear from you again.

This is our second round.

I still bet on the best of the best, good planning, good training... the hallmark of great planners.

Statistically, the forecast, the odds of achieving the goal to win is there.

I’ll stick with Manny.

We’ll wait for the result and hopefully we can look forward...

Thank you,
Scarlett
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Scarlet and Anoon,

Hope you both are doing well. I am getting ready to watch Pacquiau Clotey fight on Pay per View. No one who likes boxing can miss a single Pacquiau fight.

My best wishes to you all and might you enjoy the event.

Best regards,
Rafael

PS. Ok Cotto lost to Paquiau but we still got the best roosters, we are the only or one of only a couple of US Territories where cockfights are legal, we even have air conditioned stadiums exclusively for cockfighting.
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Hi


“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is "How to schedule- New Year’s Day.”

Many thanks

Shahul
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In our scheduled life we choose critical path which might turn as a achieved goal or slip’s an opportunity
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“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow”
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Quote recently from a Construction Manager.

"You just worry about reporting. We’ll sort the planning out!"
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There are 3 types of scheduler; those who can count, and those who cant!
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Hi Raviraj

There is of course the 6P version

"Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance"
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5P’s

"Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance"
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If you don’t know where you’re going, you wont get any road - Plan
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Project Managers request: Keep the schedule simple so I can understand it!
When presented with a simple schedule: Well, what do you have to support that!
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"A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time."

- Annie Dillard, The writing Life
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Purpose of planning is to replace an empty mind with an open one
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Rafael,

Like Cotto will start (S) hard, but Pacquiao will finish (F) him with a TKO.

.. or Pacquiao will finish (F) him with a TKO before Cotto could start (S) to realize that his fighting the real P4P King.

I’ve great respect of Cotto.

Best regards,
R. Catalan
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Catalan,

If life is a project don’t rule out SF&FS between two activities.

It is a good thing CPM did not existed during the times of Julius Caesar; the Romans would over allocate resources to such activities.

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If life is a project... no doubt SS/FF links is better than FS links only.

Best regards,
R. Catalan

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I guess every one had enjoyed with life as project proverb
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If life is a project, then,

I would prefer to live in GCC (Gulf Cooperation Countries).

In general, Projects in GCC will always get extended, hence, my life will also get an extension of time.

In particular, Dubai Projects are in standstill. What a wonderful life to live: floating.

Inshallah.

Thank you.
Scarlett
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If life is a project then negative float is good, your life will extend beyond due date.

Just in case I am claiming an EOT for 30 years.
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If life is a project, then one doesn’t have "spare time", but "Free float"

One also should focus its effort in creating Total Float rather than plain making money.
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Shaul

If life is a project I want a few years (decades!!!) of negative lag.

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Rafael
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Hi Shaul
If life is a project, What would be the WBS for your life? What would be your deliverables?
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Hi Shahul

Depends on your belief pattern.

For Buddhists there are many projects until you reach Nirvanna when float is eternal.

Best regards

Mike Testro.
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If life is a project to be planned then where is the finish date?
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@ David
It is a bite of both,i mean copying |& generating a own thoughts that strikes at a moment
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haaa haaa haaaaa

Gr8 rafael
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Hi Rafael

The quote relates mainly to progress reporting - the bulk of the work may look finished but the unfinished details will take much longer than expected.

One example I cam across was the duct lagging for a hypermarket mall - the sub-contract lagger had done all the straight runs but left the curves and corners.

He claimed 80% of the work and was paid it.

The Contractor never saw him again.

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It is:

With regard to work: 90% + 10% = 100%
With regard to time: 90% + 90% = 180% so you are always late.
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90:10????? I always thought it is 80:20 principle

:-)
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Hi All

I have just gone back through the thread and nobody has posted this one:

The 1st 90% of the work gets done in the 1st 90% of the time the last 10% of the work gets done in the other 90% of the time.

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Shahul

I love you jaundiced view of the world!

Are these your sayings or others (I’d like to use them sometime and bviously want to cite you if they are Shahul Badhusha originals)

David
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The person who says it will take the longest and cost the most is the only one with a clue how to do the job.
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It is all about the right people, the right skills, and the one who makes the right decisions!
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Good control reveals a problem early - which only
means you’ll have longer to worry about it.
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Hi All

Expect the worst and you are rarely disappointed.

If planning was easy anyone could do it.

Best regards

Mike Testro
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A badly planned project will take three times longer
than expected - a well planned project only twice as
long as expected.
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Planned works make sense when it is executed and updated till it reaches completion period
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The very famous "Failing to plan is planning to fail".

Here’s also a definition of the Project Plan from the article Do You Speak Project?:

Project Plan - A deliverable assigned to the most annoying person on the project.
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Planning without action is futile, action without
planning is fatal.
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"Plans are only good intentions
unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."
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Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail;
take good counsel and watch them succeed.
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The menu is not the food.

The map is not the territory.

The plan is not the project.
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what you need is not necessarily what you want

thus specifications exist
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Need teaches a plan
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allow me to go back to basics, what is a Plan?

Can it be derived from a single opinion or several thoughts?

If a Plan is collectively thought and failed, who planned it?

If only one did the Plan and it failed, who’s fault is it?

I still stands that Planning starts and ends with a question mark until you realized it.
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“If everything is going exactly to plan, something somewhere is going massively wrong.”
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The more you plan the luckier you get.”

“The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to make it up.”

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SS, FF and constraints are for use, not for abuse.
I second mike.
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Hi Mike,

"When an irresistible force meets an immovable object" What do you think will happen?

I still believe that SS and FF have its purpose.

Sorry for not supporting your campaign.

best regards
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Plans maybe designed for good or bad, and to win or lose, but when can you say that a Plan is not sound for its purpose?
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When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.
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Hi Anoon

when can you say that a Plan is not sound for its purpose?

Sorry - couldn’t resist it - when a plan has SS FF Links and lead/lags and constraints.

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Mike Testro
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after all you will only realize that planning always ends with a question mark...?

until you act...
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Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now”

Let your plans be dark and as impenetratable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
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"Once we accept our diferences, working together is the perfect match"
That is also true, but one must be very aware that "diferent" is not equal to "superior" or "inferior".

Respecting Margaret Thatcher’s quote, I think it is true becuse we MEN tend to DO things the way we think is the best way and WOMEN tend to SAY things the way they think is the best way. Think about it, it gives a whole new meaning to Mrs. Thatcher’s quote.

Independently from that, and regardless from the gender, One should be aware of what he/she does is consistent with what he/she says.
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Copied sentence

Every men success there will be women behind it in the same way every project managers success there comes a planner
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Hi Carmen,

i would like to quote this - "if there are no details, there is no schedule to be defined"

This is specifically intended to Design Engineers doing engineering.

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Carlos,
Having said true to one of my favorite quotes regarding our differences (male and female), I would like to add the following:

Once that we accept our differences, working together is the perfect match.

My actual post is a planner for a power plant. I am the only engineer in a group of 15 men. My support to site managers is being strongly influenced for my gender.

I have a different speech. I love the long meetings with the excellent speeches coming from different parties such as : client, EPC contractor among others.

BUT , at the end of the day, the female planner is the one getting things done.

DAVID,

When are you going to stop mentioning CHARLIE in this forum. He is gone, please accept it. No disciples, nothing at all.

Regards,
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Hi All

This has nothing to do with planning but it does encapsulate the cinstruction industry.

Endeavour to make money honestly - otherwise make money.

Horace - Poet in the Reign of Augustus.

Best regards

Mike Testro
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"If you want something said, ask a man
If you want something done, ask a woman"
True.

Let a man say: "I have a dream...", let a woman do some jobs for ex-President Clinton.
Let a woman win two nobel Prizes, Let a man say: "I like big butts"

Everyhing depends on the person, not its genre, race, country or social status.
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Carmen, may I ask, are you a disciple of Charlie or does sexist crap come easy to you too?
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"Never look back once u planned to head forward,progress might move behind or ahead but keep scheduling your plan till u reach our goal"

- progress it through a plan
Shahul
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I am in planning because of the conflict between organizing and chaos and I believe in the end the
Plan reflects the organization of the chaos.
Mine

"Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan".
Margaret Thatcher

This quote has nothing to do with planning but it has to do with...

"If you want something said, ask a man
If you want something done, ask a woman"
Margaret Thatcher

This might explain why so many troubles at getting the work done as planned ??? IF 95% of Project planners are men.

Cheers,
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Hi Lawrence

Welcome to the Planet.

We look forward to your continued contribution.

Meanwhile I would question the premise in your favourite planning quote:

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute a crisis on my part.

It might do if if your development is now very late and your contractor is eating up your finance.

As for - CPM gives one the illusion of control. - Absolutely spot on.

Best regards

Mike Testro
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I’m new to PP and just saw this thread. Here are my favorites:

Lack of planning on your part does not constitute a crisis on my part.

and


CPM gives one the illusion of control.
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Hi All

Just read this in todays Daily Mail

I believe in planning ahead - becaaauuuuse - If you spend enough time planning you never actually have to do anything.

Garfield.

Best regards

Mike Testro
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Because delay analysis is my ’thing’ I quite like these two:

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."
Douglas Adams (of ’Hitchhikers Guide...’ fame).

"The only person who got everything done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe"
Anon
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Hi Shahul

Try telling that to the guys at Multiplex when building the new Wembley Stadium.

How about this one -

You can allow for the unforeseen but you can’t plan it.

Or

The best laid plans of mice and men oft gang awry

Robbie Burns - the great scottish drivelist.

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Mike Testro
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Planning is a inbuilt common sense every one has.
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I have a few favourites,
I can’t believe no one has posted,

"To Fail to Plan is to Plan to Fail"

and I also like

"Make your plan idiot proof and they will build a better idiot!"

Doug
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This post is fun as hell!!!

Mike, that was a great overcome to Gwen’s Quote, I was LOL!!!
Also, David’s research is quite interesting.

Here’s my two cents. Not exactly a quote but some basics:

"You can have your project in time, in cost or in good quality. Choose two"

I think I read it in "Microsoft Project for dummies"
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I have achieved 4.16% progress on this theory, currently.

This is calculated as 11.11% resource met and 37.5% activity complete.
Mike Testro
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Hi David

Have you researched this theory to its limit?

Best regards

Mike Testro
David Wallace
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When resourcing, remember, inseminating 9 women will not give you a baby in one month!
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Not so much quotes, but a couple of terms I’ve used all-too-often when reviewing junior planner’s schedules:

Forepasts: Forecasted dates which have not been updated, and are showing to be in the past without any actual progress

Factuals: Activties showing actual start / finish / progress claimed after the data date. Short for forecasted actuals.
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Refer to Gwen Quote

Firstly, no need to crucified her since she was crucified long time ago. what we have now is a reincarnation. let her enjoy her time in PP.

Secondly, the facts remains that women are good in multi-tasking, Just observe your mother, your girlfriends, your wives...

Thirdly, as multi-taskers, women brains plans so fast, faster than the latest micro chips in the range of nano

and lastly, aside from being good in planning, women are good speakers, they speak a lot to the point of nagging. This is natural for them because women have two lips, the upper lips and the lower lips.

So as a favorite quotes about planning and in dedication to International Women Days: "To You Woman I Adore"

I love my daughter, I love my wife, I love my mother.

Cheers,
Happy Planning and Scheduling