My post on best and worst project names remains one of my most popular. As a follow up, here’s a few more good and not-so-good names:
Sunrise was the name of the project that separated our IT systems and infrastructure from our former corporate parent. IMO it was an excellent name because a sunrise is the tangible start of a “new day”, which the projected provided for our company.
[Company Name] 2001 was a common turn of the millenium project name, but one that didn’t wear well. For example, many of these projects didn’t finish in 2001, as global rollouts continued on for several years. Many colleagues felt silly trying to wrap up “2001” in “2004”. If you’re going to “date” a project, then make sure your plan doesn’t run past that date.
Phoenix sounds cool, but it should be used carefully. It isn’t just a myth of renewal, but a myth of renewal via catastrophe, where the Phoenix shortly before death
…builds itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again.
If a disgruntled team member knows the myth, don’t be surprised when the cynical jokes start to fly!