PM Quote of the Day — Abraham Lincoln

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

This quote is useful to counter colleagues who disparage planning in general. It is, however, important to remember that initiating and planning activities aren’t for simply “easing into the project” (in the unfortunate phrase of a PM I once worked for). They’re meant to get the project’s execution machine fueled, oiled, and sharpened… and cutting the right tree.

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