Collecting project management memes


What can be said about project managers pains from popular PM memes


João Granja-Correia


May 25, 2023

As a project management researcher and a PhD candidate, I am always looking for new ways to understand the challenges and frustrations that project managers face in their daily work. One of the sources that I find fascinating and insightful is the internet memes that project managers create and share online. Memes are humorous images or videos that often reflect the cultural and social aspects of a group or a situation. They can also reveal the emotions and attitudes of the people who create or consume them.

In this blog post, I want to share some of the project management memes that I have collected over time and analyze what they tell us about the common problems and pain points that project managers encounter. Some of the recurring themes that I have noticed are: lack of prioritization, unrealistic expectations from management, insufficient resources and sprint plans gone wrong. Here are some examples of these memes:

Lack of prioritization

Unrealistic expectations from management

Insufficient resources

Sprint planning gone wrong

These memes show how project managers use humour to cope with the stress and frustration that they experience in their work. My goal is to eventually build a comprehensive database of project management memes and use them as a data source for my research. I hope that by doing so, I can contribute to the advancement of project management knowledge and practice.

Do you have any funny PM memes? email them to me.


BibTeX citation:
  author = {Granja-Correia, João},
  title = {Collecting Project Management Memes},
  date = {2023-05-25},
  url = {},
  langid = {en}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
Granja-Correia, João. 2023. “Collecting Project Management Memes.” May 25, 2023.