If only sense was common...
What crass slogans or signs have you seen in the office?
Not a message statement, but I worked somewhere that was going through the process of making a large proportion of their staff redundant. Something like 60% at my level, and 40% at the level above.
One of the partners sent an email to another partner, explaining what a good time he was having on holiday, the food & hotel were fantastic, and how he was having a trip in a private jet later in the week.
For some reason, the partner thought that the rest of the office would be interested to see, so he printed it out and stuck it to the noticeboard...
I was going to post what Maverick Boy posted. Sure, Lean might just be a way of formalising common sense, but it's clearly needed isn't it? If it really were "common" sense everyone'd be doing it, and they're manifestly not.
A bit like Agile development in IT really.
Back in the mists of time I worked freelance for a large American bank. They had motivational slogans expensively sign-written down the walls of their enormously ostentatious offices. Every day I looked at the slogan 'Complacency is Devastating!'. It seems Ironic as we now know that.... In fact... its large American banks that are devastating!
In the battery farm (call-centre) they had a great one on the wall that said:
"If we have 1 million customers, and just one isn't satisfied.. What do we say to that customer?"
The answer seemed pretty apparent and I was constantly amazed that nobody scrawled the obvious
the best one I ever saw was in Ford many years ago, it said
"Ford Engineer training school"
and underneath was a picture of an Ar#e and an Elbow with a training officer asking
"now gentlemen, can anyone tell me which one is which"
My old boss used to talk about a "wooden dollar." It was a pump repair centre, owned by a multi-national pump manufacturer. The "wooden dollar" referred to a job we were doing for another subsidiary: benefit for us, loss for them, neutral for the parent company.
Although, this same guy talked about "getting our ducks in a row" and put a memo out to say that "The term "Brain-storming" must not be used,it could be offensive to anyone with epilepsy (his words, not mine!). The term to be used is "Thought Shower". Anyone heard using the former term will be sacked." I highlighted to him that this was not company policy and would he like to talk to my Union Rep. about it. We framed the memo, as a shrine to "How not to manage people"...
when this appeared i pointed out to the company MD that wolves are pack animals, so being a wolf meant you weren't alone and got to kill sheep
Not me, but a good one.
Bus Depot with a rat problem
Management denies that there was a rat problem
Rat killed by staff in canteen on night shift
Dead rat placed in freezer
At the end of the shift (6am) the rat was removed from the freezer and sealed up in a jiffy envelope.
Defrosting rat in said envelope placed in depot managers in tray (for him to pick up when he arrives at 9am) with a note made of newspaper cuttings saying 'rat problem, what rat problem?'
Project management - a beautiful thing!
1.It takes one woman nine months to have a baby. It cannot be done in one month by impregnating nine women.
2.Nothing is impossible for the person who doesn't have to do it.
3.You can con a sucker into committing to an impossible deadline, but you cannot con him into meeting it.
4.At the heart of every large project is a small project trying to get out.
5.The more desperate the situation the more optimistic the situatee.
6.A problem shared is a buck passed.
7.A change freeze is like the abominable snowman: it is a myth and would anyway melt when heat is applied.
8.A user will tell you anything you ask, but nothing more.
9.Of several possible interpretations of a communication, the leastconvenient is the correct one.
10.What you don't know hurts you
11.There's never enough time to do it right first time but there's always enough time to go back and do it again.
12.The bitterness of poor quality lasts long after the sweetness of making a date is forgotten.
13.I know that you believe that you understand what you think I said, but I am not sure you realise that what you heard is not what I meant.
14.What is not on paper has not been said.
15.A little risk management saves a lot of fan cleaning.
16.If you can keep your head while all about you are losing theirs, you haven't understood the plan.
17.If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you ever tried.
18.Feather and down are padding, changes and contingencies will be real events.
19.There are no good project managers - only lucky ones.
20.The more you plan the luckier you get.
21.A project is one small step for the project sponsor, one giant leap for the project manager.
22.Good project management is not so much knowing what to do and when, as knowing what excuses to give and when.
23.If everything is going exactly to plan, something somewhere is going massively wrong.
24.Everyone asks for a strong project manger - when they get them they don't want them.
25.Overtime is a figment of the naïve project manager's imagination.
26.Quantitative project management is for predicting cost and schedule overruns well in advance.
27.The sooner you begin coding the later you finish.
28.Metrics are learned men's excuses.
29.For a project manager overruns are as certain as death and taxes.
30.Some project finish on time in spite of project management bestpractices.
31.Fast - cheap - good - you can have any two.
32.There is such a thing as an unrealistic timescale.
33.The project would not have been started if the truth had been told about the cost and timescale.
34.A two-year project will take three years, a three year project will never finish.
35.When the weight of the project paperwork equals the weight of the project itself, the project can be considered complete.
36.A badly planned project will take three times longer than expected - a well planned project only twice as long as expected.
37.Warning: dates in a calendar are closer than they appear to be.
38.Anything that can be changed will be changed until there is no time left to change anything.
39.There is no such thing as scope creep, only scope gallop.
40.A project gets a year late one day at a time.
41.If you're 6 months late on a milestone due next week but really believe you can make it, you're a project manager.
42.No project has ever finished on time, within budget, to requirement
43.Yours won't be the first to.
44.Activity is not achievement.
45.Managing IT people is like herding cats.
46.If you don't know how to do a task, start it, then ten people who know less than you will tell you how to do it.
47.If you don't plan, it doesn't work. If you do plan, it doesn't work either. Why plan!
48.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.
49.The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to make it up.
50.The nice thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.
51.Good control reveals problems early - which only means you'll have longer to worry about them.
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