Part 1: If My Coworkers Were “Magic: The Gathering” Cards

(2.5 minute read) A game is like a project, the creatures are like my team and other spells are like processes/curveballs that cause it all to pivot.

One of my favorite parts of my job is it’s like I’m constantly solving puzzles. They’re not the same as they were back in my development days, much more complex and abstract now. I often have to figure out how we’re going to put the team together and how we’re going to tackle a given project. It doesn’t always work. But, if I monitor things closely and shift my strategy accordingly, this yields the best chances for success.

One day, this got me thinking of a parallel in the game of Magic: The Gathering (aka MTG). A game is like a project, the creatures are like my team and other spells are like processes/curveballs that cause it all to pivot. Land cards are obviously the setting (e.g. working from home, open office, dim-lit loft, etc.). Yes, I’m a geek. Shove it.

So this post, the 12th post of the year, the post during the holiday stretch from Thanksgiving to the New Year, the only post I’m a day late on this year because I was busy studying for the JLPT (I will likely write a post on that some day), this post is going to be simply for geeky, nonsensical fun. It is certainly part of my craft to have some fun along the way too. Over the past few years, I’ve thought up “what if so-and-so was a MTG card?” and jotted it down in my notes. And so that’s exactly what I did.


Disclaimer: images were found on the internet. I used the site I found them on in the “artist” section of each card.


apathetic analytics engineer.png

articulate sr. tpm.png

cautious program manager.png

costly contract developer.png

daily standup.png

devout iphone developer.png

elon musk.png

jr. developer.png

race condition.png

subtle scope creep.png

tireless vp of tech.png

It’s been a fun year writing these posts. I’d love to hear your thoughts on subject matters I can dig into next year. Here’s a random selection of topics I have written down:

  • X Benefits of Inspiring People
  • How to talk to clients like they’re people
  • Getting over the fear of asking the stupid question
  • Managing depression
  • That moment when you lose control
  • Jumping on to a sinking ship

See you in 2018!

Part 2 of this series will come out at a later date…


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