All I Need To Know About Project Management I Learnt From My Cats

  • The most interesting, creative, fun and innovative people don’t run
    with the pack.
  • You’re a leader because your team believes you are worth following,
    not because you are appointed leader.
  • You don’t lead by giving orders, you lead by motivation.
  • Don’t expect to generate consensus easily, and be very suspicious when it occurs other than spontaneously.
  • ‘Who’s to blame’ is the last question anyone should ask.
  • You can’t make cats or programmers do something they don’t want to do.
  • Avoid the dogs.
  • Its important to have a plan, but also to have interesting things happen along the way.
  • Curiosity never killed anything except maybe a few hours.
  • Always focus on the goal and the results, not the inconsequentials.
  • Don’t shout at them at all the time, only the once when it really matters.
  • One can only force someone to act against their true nature for so long.
  • No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptise cats, and trying to convert some people to The One True Faith is equally difficult.
  • You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
  • Never hold a dustbuster and a cat at the same time. Never try to hold a debugging session with the original programmer present.
  • Cat’s, like programmers, pretty much do as they please.
  • Cat’s, like programmers, make a mistake, and by sheer luck they land on their feet. The next comment from them? “I planned it that way…”.
  • They conveniently “forget” the big rule when it suits them.
  • They are major egoists.
  • They are always sitting in the “command” seat (i.e. the seat you sit in), figuring they are real designers and architects and planners as well.\
  • Don’t take it personally, they’re like that with everyone.
  • They are always pouncing on their favourite ‘toy’ and ‘killing’ it.
  • They take highly risky chances just because they can.
  • An understanding cat is better than a therapist; and cheaper too.
  • It’s important to make time to do ‘Cat things.’
  • If it’s not fun, why are we doing it?

In Memoria, Ulla

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