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Applicable quote to Earned Value Management

While I was doing some research for my book, I came across an excellent quote by Bill Hewlett.  Do you think your boss understands this quote?

“You cannot manage what you cannot measure…and what gets measured gets done.”
— Bill Hewlett, Hewlett Packard

About Derek Huether

I'm Vice President of ALM Platforms at LeadingAgile. Author of Zombie Project Management (available on Amazon). Novice angel investor.

4 Responses to “Applicable quote to Earned Value Management”

  1. Anjel Scarborough
    January 1, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    And Hewlett was actually quoting Edward Deming … “What gets measured gets improved.”

  2. Anjel Scarborough
    January 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    And Hewlett was actually quoting Edward Deming … “What gets measured gets improved.”

  3. Derek
    January 1, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Anjel, I stand corrected. Could both Deming AND Hewlett be paraphrasing William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (Lord Kelvin)?

    “If you can measure that of which you speak and can express it by a number, you know something of your subject; but if you cannot measure it, your knowledge is meager and unsatisfactory.”

    If I am to include a quote in a book, I want to site the correct source.

  4. Derek
    January 1, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Anjel, I stand corrected. Could both Deming AND Hewlett be paraphrasing William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (Lord Kelvin)?

    “If you can measure that of which you speak and can express it by a number, you know something of your subject; but if you cannot measure it, your knowledge is meager and unsatisfactory.”

    If I am to include a quote in a book, I want to site the correct source.

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