Project Management

Project Checkmate: A Tip from the Game of Kings

Tom's latest eBook has been released on Amazon: "The 7 Myths of IT Integrations". Tom is also a Program Director for a large Midwest corporation and has been an adjunct faculty member at Walsh College. He has managed global web initiatives, data center moves and large multi-million dollar programs.

Congratulations! All of the preparation is over. After a lot of planning and anticipation you’re finally in the game--you’ve activated your project. Make no mistake about it--the game is complex. Each component of your project has its own unique characteristics. It’s not as simple as moving all of the pieces from start to finish as fast as you can and declaring a victory. No, there are complex inter-relationships and rules that dictate the action of one game piece relative to where it’s at in the field and who else is around it. There are dos and don’ts and wills and won’ts in this game.

Managing your project through the execution phase is a game of skill and experience. But if you take a tip from the chess masters, there is a way to give yourself an advantage. When it comes to seeing your project through what it was planned to do, it can pay to play a game of chess.

Pawns, Knights and Queens
The game of chess is referred to as one of the oldest games of skill known to man. Some have dated it as early as the 2nd century in China. Over time it became known as the Game of Kings--and the game can be quite complicated. Chess is played between two players each with 16 playing pieces opposing each other across a game board of 64 squares. The rules governing the movement of each chess piece are complex. A rook, for example, can move in …

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- Jean Sibelius, explaining why he rarely invited musicians to his home.