Project Management as a treeswing

22 Nov 2012

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Talking to a customer t’other day and I mentioned the (infamous) tree swing cartoon. He had no idea what I was talking about.

So, in the interest of education and enlightenment, I went looking for a copy of the tree-swing cartoon, and whoooo, I had no idea that there were so many different versions or that it had been adapted for so many different professions. But that makes sense; the general underlying principle is that projects will go wrong and customers will not get what they wanted. has a great history of the cartoon dating back to the 1970’s

The version I remember seeing in my Dad’s workplace back in the 1970’s looked like this:


and this is the one which seems to top of the list right now: