Quotes in planning
Premature optimization is the root of all evil (or at least most of it) in programming.
A good deal of the corporate planning I have observed is like a ritual rain dance; it has no effect on the weather that follows, but those who engage in it think it does. Moreover, it seems to me that much of the advice and instruction related to corporate planning is directed at improving the dancing, not the weather.
A woodsman was once asked, "What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?" He answered, "I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe."
It is a testament to our naïveté about culture that we think that we can change it by simply declaring new values. Such declarations usually produce only cynicism.
The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.
Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.
In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.
The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.