We noticed there were some Project Management Haiku’s out there but we couldn’t find any for Earned Value Management. So, we thought it would be fun to create a competition where the best entry would win $100. If you’re not sure what Haiku is, don’t worry. In an attempt to get the ball rolling and show some examples, here are a few that our team put together.
We created control accounts
They were too low level
CAMs gone blind writing variance
SPI is point seven
CPI is point five one
Maybe there’s hope
We implemented earned value
Management didn’t like the truth
Now we’re replanning
Just had IBR
Customer very happy
They can’t understand EVM
If you come up with one (or more), then email them to evmhaiku@tensixconsulting and we will choose a winner who will receive a $100 American Express Gift Card. The competition closes on June 1st.
Note: By taking part in this competition, Ten Six reserves the right to post any entries it receives to our web site. We will not post the personal details of anyone entering this competition.
WINNER ANNOUNCED – June 4th Update
Well after reviewing all the entries it was a tough job to pick a winner. But we needed a winner and after a vote here at Ten Six, we picked Christopher Henry’s submission below.
EAC’s are due
Their ETC always grows
Why do EAC’s
Other Notable Mentions
Performance wants haste
Haste found waste, risk and clutter
EVM found peace
Cost is all there is.
Value? Schedule? Forget it!
Just ess with two bars.
and a rather British one from Steve Wake with:
Use EV in a crisis
Not like ice-cream it not melt
Buy me and stop one
(Crisis that is!)
We did get schooled in the art of Haiku from Mike Testro’s excellent point on PlanningPlanet.com. He quite rightly pointed out that the Haiku examples we listed were not true Haiku which must contain the following rules:
- 1st Line 5 syllables 2nd Line 7 syllables 3rd Line 5 syllables.
- It must have some relation to the seasons.
- It must have some spiritual or philosophic content.
Here is an example of one Mike wrote when he was in Tokyo – nothing to do with EVM which, of course, is not a proper topic for a pure Haiku.
High in winter skies
Flying to new horizons
How the wild goose cries
And one that his Grandson wrote for a school project.
Man tickles for trout
In a deep icy river
Gets frozen fingers