There’s no debate among gamers that chess is more difficult than checkers. Likewise, metaphors can generally convey truths and concepts sometimes better than traditional planning models. Here’s a little episode from my childhood that may help you discover the business you’re really in. One day our dorm matron, Sister Lucette, brought out a board with 64 alternating colored squares. She didn’t describe it as a checkerboard or a chess board, just a board. She told us that this board represented the universe. She paused and then quipped this pithy platitude, “There are only so many moves on the checkerboard that once you’ve learned them, that’s it.” Ok a checkerboard. Got it. She placed two sets of different colored checkers on the checkerboard, twelve for each side and then began addressing the rules of engagement and the goal of winning the game. It didn’t take long to realize that crossing the board to be crowned king was the ultimate expression of adolescent testosterone as we all shouted, “King me!” Often, we’d play checkers during our daily free time and before bed. After several months, Sister Lucette brought out another board with 64 alternate-colored squares. It looked the same as the checkboard,   Read more…