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Project management lessons from Game of Thrones

Esther Schindler (16185) writes | about a year ago

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Esther Schindler (16185) writes "In George R.R. Martin’s masterful series, A Song of Ice and Fire (currently an HBO television show, Game of Thrones), many characters in the fantasy world of Westeros create goals, make plans, maneuver people and events toward the goal they want, and eventually realize their goal. It’s kind of like project management, says Carol Pinchefsky in Everything I Know About Project Management, I Learned from Game of Thrones, but with more entrails.

For example:

Danerys also shows another key quality of good project management: She constantly seeks to learn, and she frequently integrates new information into her plans. That allows her to take advantage of opportunities when they arise, where an inflexible project leader (say, King Joffrey) sees only distractions.

At one point, she tells her people, “I swear to you that those who would harm you will die screaming.” Remember that loyalty to your team is important, although threatening blood and fire might not work in the boardroom.

Well, perhaps it depends on your boardroom."
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