Friday, September 30, 2011

01: The Way

The way of the project manager is about how things happen on projects. It is not a process, although we may use elements of process, it is a principle. The way cannot be learnt, it can only be known. So this is a quest for that knowledge, a meditation on project life. There is no real name for this so we won't attempt to find one; we will just observe the mystery of what unfolds on the journey. There will be darkness but, hopefully, out of this we will begin to know how things happen. 

The Tao
Lao Tsu tells us:

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.
The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness.
Darkness within darkness.
The gate to all mystery.

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