If a project has not achieved a system architecture, including its rationale, the project should not proceed to full-scale system development. Specifying the architecture as a deliverable enables its use throughout the development and maintenance process.
- Barry Boehm
 
There comes a time in the history of any project when it becomes necessary to shoot the engineers and begin production.
- Anonymous - MacUser in 1990
 
We are still in the infancy of naming what is really happening on software development projects.
- Alistair Cockburn - Agile Software Development
 
Any problem in computer science can be solved with another layer of indirection.
- David Wheeler - David Wheeler was chief programmer for the EDSAC project in the early 1950s.
 
When you spend time to find & fix all the bugs in your project, you can't complete the project in your life time.
- Anonymous - Ignore some bugs
 
How does a project get to be a year late? One day at a time.
- Frederick P. Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition) by Frederick P. Brooks , ISBN: 0201835959
 
As Thomas Hobbes observed in the 17th century, life under mob rule is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. Life on a poorly run software project is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and hardly ever short enough.
- Steve C McConnell, Software Project Survival Guide by Steve C McConnell , ISBN: 1572316217 , Page: 7, Chapter 1
 
The best way to get a project done faster is to start sooner.
- Jim Highsmith
 
In dealing with customers, you must understand that there are things they want and things they need. A successful project manager distills the needs from the wants and satisfies them while delivering the system at reasonable cost.
- Larry Bernstein