I’m writing a proposal today, which always makes me think of this scene from Yes, Minister. (Season 1, Episode 6):

There are four words you have to work into a proposal if you want it to be accepted:

  • Quick
  • Simple
  • Popular
  • Cheap

And equally there are four words to be included in a proposal if you want it thrown out:

  • Complicated
  • Lengthy
  • Expensive
  • Controversial

And if you want to make really sure the proposal is not excepted you must say the decision is courageous. I also find the word brave works wonders to a nervous project manager.