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Learning Project Management from Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is all about people setting goals and working toward them. They are often violent, bloody goals, but goals nonetheless. Carol Pinchefsky sees the parallels between this show and project management. She writes at length about what specific characters in the show can teach us about project management, inevitably providing some spoilers in the process, but I will not be mentioning them here. Theon Greyjoy teaches you to make sure your stakeholders are on board. Viserys Targaryen shows you to have a clear goal with defined milestones. Ambitious projects require leadership is displayed by Daenerys Targaryen. Tyrion Lannister will demonstrate how to turn obstacles into opportunities. Hodor reminds you to make sure you use all your assets. Eddard Stark makes you understand the scope of a project before you execute it. And finally, Robb Stark teaches you to make sure your contributors understand the context of deliverables. The full, meaty article will provide plenty of fun insights for fans of the show, but anyone who is unfamiliar with the characters will probably not want to invest the energy.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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