Chinglish Wisdom

Chinese Chinglish# Louie’s Commentary
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:

Life is a series of problems.

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:

…laziness is the force of entropy as it manifests itself in the lives of all of us.

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

Hiring is the most important thing you do

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

ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness.

小洞不补, 大洞吃苦 Small hole not patched, big hole then eat bitter Again, from Gladwell’s “Outliers”

No single big thing went wrong at Three Mile Island. Rather, five completely unrelated events occurred in sequence, each of which, had it happened in isolation, would have caused no more than a hiccup in the plant’s ordinary operation.

#Literal translation of the Chinese sayings which happens to make perfect sense.