|养兵千日，用兵一时||Train Soldier Thousand Days, Use Soldier One Time||It takes tremendous amount of planning in order to deliver an IT project on time and on budget. Also, the team members should not be recruited in a haste, but rather trained up over a long period of time to work together as a coordinated team.
If project managers treat IT projects more like well planned military operations, we’ll bound to see more successes and less failures.
|人无远虑，必有近忧||Human No Distance Considerations, Must Have Close Worries||The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck:
Problem solving is one of the most important skills an IT professional should possess. IT projects are all about solving problems, big and small.
|人往高处走，水往低处流||Human Towards Higher Place Walk, Water Towards Lower Place Flow||The Road Less Travelled by M. Scott Peck:
By shaking off the shackles of our laziness and stepping out of the comfort zone, we achieve spiritual growth and develop into better human beings.
|擒贼先擒王||Capture Enemies, First Capture Leader||The main thing is to work out what the main thing is and make it the main thing.|
|冰冻三尺，非一日之寒||Ice Frozen Three Feet, Not One Day Of Coldness||It takes time for events to evolve to the current state.
It takes time for one to acquire and accumulate skills and knowledge, whether you are learning a musical instrument or a programming language.
It takes time for compound interest to truly work its wonder.
|工欲善其事，必先利其器||Craftman Wants to Master His Craft, Must First Sharpen His Tools||No matter what they are called, tools, software or apps nowadays, having the right tools for the right jobs is a sure way to boost productivity.|
|欲速则不达||Want Speed But Not Achieving||Every project has a delivery date and every project manager wants to meet that date. However, the more you focus on the date itself, the longer it takes to get there.|
|求贤若渴||Seeking Talents As If One’s Thirsty||Eric Schmidt has dedicated a who chapter in “How Google Works” on the topic of finding and keeping talents
|风行草偃||Wind blows, grass bends||Company culture needs to be promoted top down as the grassroots (common people) look upwards for guidance and direction.|
|治丝益棼||Trying to untangle threads but more messy||Instead of jumping into the problem solving mode without first understand the nature of the problem, one should stay calm and identify the root cause and tackle it.|
|厚积薄发||Accumulate deeply and serve sparingly||No success should come as a surprise. In his 2008 book “Outliers”, Malcolm Gladwell wrote that
|小洞不补, 大洞吃苦||Small hole not patched, big hole then eat bitter||Again, from Gladwell’s “Outliers”
#Literal translation of the Chinese sayings which happens to make perfect sense.