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How to think and act like bishops?
Bishops are like rooks, however they move diagonally. Before moving a bishop, chess players often scan the board to look for pieces that can be threatened by or can block the bishop. When making a plan for web development project, you should scan the future to help you spot opportunities and anticipate likely problems. In the same way, you should be aware that visitors often scan your webpage until they stumble upon a barrier.
Just like bishops should stay faithful to the assigned tile color. If you know that you’re on a correct path during a web development project, try to not stray from the path and be tempted by a seemingly more enticing distraction.
Bishops are obviously the most religious pieces in nature. They can act as sneaky agents for both sides, which can move expectedly between a flock of chess pieces. In religious sense, faith is not usually used in web development project; however you should be faithful (consistent) to your plan and objectives. Consistency affects motivation and it makes you comfortable with the project you are spending so much effort and time on. Without faith, your project could be doomed to fail from the outset. Here are a few ways to stay faithful:
- Encourage people to recommend your website to others
- Set structured, realistic goals that you can truly believe in
- Create things that make you proud of your website’s potentials
Don’t go beyond your limits
It may be frustrating for bishops to be trapped on a single tile color, which limit their impacts. But if you know how to use them, bishops can be quite powerful and versatile. Don’t attempt the unachievable and impossible; always know your strengths and limitations. Here are ways to stay effective despite your limits.
- Reduce the effect of unsolvable weaknesses by learning new skills
- See whether it is possible to add new strengths
- Get advices and external support when you see a looming obstacle
While being stuck to a specific tile color and can move only diagonally seem like disadvantages, they can prove beneficial in some cases. Having a sheer determination to complete a task is always an admirable quality. People sometimes stick to their guns and act stubbornly, this can motivate us to persevere or cause us to make mistakes.
Here are ways to be stubborn properly:
- No one is perfect and we often make mistakes, even so you should keep trying despite previous failures
- When reassessing a plan’s feasibility, always reflect on the overall goals
How to think and act like a queen?
It is the most powerful piece on the board and can move diagonally, vertically and horizontally across any distance. Queen is the king’s best bodyguard and players who lose a queen inadvertently, may lose the initiative and eventually the game. You need to use available power wisely and responsibly, both when playing chess and when working in a Web development project.
Use power wisely
What distinguishes professionals from amateurs is how they use their assets and resources. Additionally, by effectively taking advantage of tools at your disposal, you can speed things up and eliminate any problem. The queen is a potent force and it can move freely with few restrictions on the chessboard. However, you should carefully exert your strength when trying to achieve goals. Rather than staying too long on your comfort zone, you should learn how to manage your assets and resources to get the most of your potentials.
Here are ways to be responsible and wise with your strengths:
- Don’t waste any of your skills when creating something.
- Accumulate your resources and update your skills.
- Exceed your own expectations by making yourself a better professional
Cover all bases
We often look things from multiple angles to minimize errors, which is a good thing to do. Chess players always try to exploit the queen’s power while protecting her from harm. In Web development project, you often need to get some perspectives from external testers, because you don’t know what you’ve missed. Here are a few ways to get everything covered:
- Allocate enough time to regularly test your website
- Make the project planning session more effective, to get the best results
- Make use of mock-ups and wireframes, because information is your best friend
You have two rooks, two knights, two bishops, but only a single queen. You should value her singularity, because each queen’s move should be meaningful and purposeful. Through trial and error, foresight and constant learning, we can become a better professional. By being cautious, you can be wiser. Here are ways to make yourself a better strategist:
- Research your competitors to get a sense of what your consumers and visitors may need
- Read magazines, books, tutorials, blogs and anything else that improve your knowledge and enhance analytic skill
- Analyze your target market to know what changes and improvements your website would need in the future
How to think and act like a king?
This is the most critical piece on the board; you should protect the king to maintain the existence of your force. He can move in any direction, but only one square at a time and its movements usually have defensive purposes instead of offensive ones. Because you can’t replace the king, other pieces often need to make sacrifice to safeguard the king and prevent defeat. Web professionals should know what is important in a project and have the determination to protect it. For example, when running an e-commerce website you need to deal with passwords, database, payment details and other critical information. If we lose any of those to malicious individuals through a lack of preventative measures and carelessness, you may end up losing the most important ‘chess piece’ in your online business: your customers. Gaining trust and sizable number of customers takes time; unfortunately losing them can be as quick as an unexpected checkmate.
Implementing Other Chess Principles
Watching for pitfalls
All chess players try to safeguard the king. A favorable way to do that is by gaining advantageous position and making it more difficult for your opponent to launch an attack. However, some masterful players can set up a cunning trap that can break apart even the strongest defense. During a web development project, you should be wary of traps, unfortunately many web developers fail to check for compatibility on various browsers and devices making their sites inaccessible to many potential visitors.
Here are ways to avoid traps effectively:
- Some web browsers and devices are a pain, so look for rendering faults
- Be motivated to find errors in your website
- Reduce obtrusiveness and intrusiveness of your website to improve user experience
Considering the value of each chess piece
A common tactic in chess is to trade one piece with another. For example, exchanging your pawn with opponent’s bishop can be considered as a minor tactical victory. However, because the king is invaluable, you can’t trade it with anything. In web industry, professionals need to consistently compare values, because losing something could undermine the whole process. You can also schedule upgrades and prioritize maintenance works more effectively by comparing values. Here are ways to become a better appraiser:
- Assess values of your services and websites
- Perform improvement and upgrades regularly to add value to your websites, however try to minimize consequences, such as downtime
- Because value is determined by costs incurred, price your service reasonably, prices that are either too low or too high could create problems
Knowing when to quit
Chess rarely ends in draw and a player should know when the battle is already lost. When dealing with next-to-impossible goals or an exceedingly complex process, you should know when to say ‘NO!’. No one likes to throw down their sword and quit the fight, but you should know when you no longer able to meet the client’s demands. Many professionals need to stop working with bad clients and scrap useless projects. Even the greatest chess grandmaster can’t win every fight; by quitting early you may prevent your situation from getting worse. Here are ways to quit the fight while keeping your dignity intact:
- Watch for common characteristics of “clients from hell”
- Set your own essential principles in a project and make it clear that you’ll quit the project when they’re not met
- Salvage everything you can before fleeing the battlefield
Just like many things in life, Web development can have darker and lighter shades. When performing your role, you should weigh benefits and pitfalls. Each chess game is a unique story, it tells the tale about the fruits of our labor, sacrifice and determination. Successful chess players think 4 or 5 steps ahead and are ready to respond to all possible outcomes. You should predict how your website can survive the pressure of daily use and the competition. This mindset is also important in a Web development project. Unjustified and rash decisions often lead to problems, whereas forethoughts can result in greater rewards.
There are 32 pieces and 64 squares on a chessboard; however, there are literally millions of ways we can play a game out. With every move made, the number possible outcomes decrease. Knowing which route and options to take can afford a player the best opportunity to win. All websites have many similarities; however they are also highly unique. You may use different production tools and implementations methods, but you shouldn’t miss the mark with usability and scalability.
Decision making process in both chess game and Web development project is often tricky. You may risk losing a valuable piece or an advantageous position for almost nothing. Terrible decisions may even cost you the game. Getting yourself ready for different outcomes is one thing, but having the understanding, skill and courage to carry them out take a good deal of practice. After assessing your options, make decisions confidently and achieve your goals.
Chess is a philosophical game and you can learn many things from it. If you don’t know how to play it, you can still easily understand how each piece moves. The basic principles of the game, such as the importance of strategy and the interaction between pieces can be applied in many aspects of your life. The game requires strategy and healthy logic, both are useful assets for any professional. If you’re an adept chess player, you can draw more lessons from the game and draw inspirations from it, especially if you face many obstacles in a project. You can make some mistakes early in the game, but still win the game. You need skill, experience and some amount of luck to become a web development grandmaster. So many things in the Web industry (including ideals, designs, technologies, tools and syntax) change constantly, however, by understanding important principles, you can gain more successes than failures. Observe your project and try to incorporate lessons from chess. You don’t need to have all the pieces to win a game, only use things that you need to finish your web development project efficiently and successfully.