Wednesday, June 18, 2008

You can't teach a pig to sing......

You can't teach a pig to sing. It's a waste of time and it annoys the pig. - source? unknown.

I was recently reminded of this old saying. A project manager's primary responsibility is not to provide singing lessons, but to evaluate if singing lessons were required, will have affect and will provide benefit....but sometimes you don't realize this prior to annoying the pig. Oink, oink little pig!

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  1. You Can't teach a pig to sing.
    It's a waste of time and it will annoy the pig. is a Quote from Dave Severne, During a Business Rally

  2. The teach a pig to sing quote long pre-dates the Amway guys stedler.

    Most attribute to Heinlein. Some attribute to Mark Twain, but only because it was used in a 1985 movie about him as near as I can tell.

  3. Definitly Robert Heinlein in Time Enough for Love