Joke of the Day – What is Project Management?


Found this somewhere on the Internets and just had to share it!

Son: Dad, what do you do at work?

Father: I work as a project manager on outsourced projects, son.

Son: So, what is that like?

Father: (thoughtfully) Well, kid … imagine that a customer calls and tells you that one of her employees has been wounded by a spear, and now has this lance sticking out of his belly …

Son: And then what?

Father: So, I conduct a preliminary assessment of the project scope, timeline and budget and then tell the customer that the spear needs to be carefully removed and that the total cost would be $1,000.

Son: And then what?

Father: Well, the client usually replies that my proposal exceeds her budget by a very large margin …

Son: So, what do you do in this situation?

Father: For a mere $500 we end up bending the spear around his body and coating it with a flesh-coloured paint so it doesn’t stand out so much!

And what is your favouirte project management joke?

About the Author

Jamal Moustafaev, MBA, PMP – president and founder of Thinktank Consulting is an internationally acclaimed expert and speaker in the areas of project/portfolio management, scope definition, process improvement and corporate training. Jamal Moustafaev has done work for private-sector companies and government organizations in Canada, US, Asia, Europe and Middle East.  Read Jamal’s Blog @

Jamal is an author of three very popular books: 

  1. Delivering Exceptional Project Results: A Practical Guide to Project Selection, Scoping, Estimation and Management 
  2. Project Scope Management: A Practical Guide to Requirements for Engineering, Product, Construction, IT and Enterprise Projects
  3. Project Portfolio Management in Theory and Practice: Thirty Case Studies from around the World