Pearls of Wisdom

Below quotes give me inspiration from time to time.  They are not applicable in all situations, so select your pearl based on the situation at hand.

Scum & Agile (unknown)
Scrum is what you do. Agile is what you are.

Create vision (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Advantages of quantification (Dr Samuel Johnson)
That is the good of counting. It brings everything to a certainty which before floated in the mind indefinitely

Some processes just can’t be defined (Murray Gell-Mann)
First, he writes down the question on a blackboard. Next, he thinks real hard. Then, he writes down the answer. Some processes just can’t be defined.

Assume (unknown)
Never assume, it makes an ASS out of U and ME.

The need for Data  (W. Edwards Deming)
In God we trust; all others must bring data.

Beauty vs solution (unknown)
When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.

Direction (unknown)
If you don’t know where your going, any road will do.

Knowledge (Lord Kevin)
When you can measure what you are speaking about and express it in numbers, you know something about it. But when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind.

Company (Gary Hamel)
The “organisation” isn’t “them”, it’s “you”. Think of your company as the vehicle for your dreams. Every company is no more or less than the collective will of its members. And you can shape that will.

Succes (Winston Churchill)
Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without loosing your enthusiasm.

Truth (Chinese proverb)
There are 3 truths: my truth, your truth and the truth.

Truth (Johan Wouters)
A person at the front side of the moon will claim it to be white. And he is right.
A person at the back side of the moon will claim it to be black. And to him he is right as well.
Only he circling the moon knows both are right, from their point of view.