Why this pic on this blog?

Have you ever wondered why I selected the picture above to represent my blog?

This picture illustrates so many aspects and nuances of this blog’s theme.

Here’s your chance to put on your thinking cap, and based on what skyyler and I have written about over the years, tell me what YOU think it represents.

As the comments roll in, we’ll comment on them.

Then, after a few weeks, I’ll peel back my brain and give you a peek inside as to what my reasons were.

Not sure how many of you will take me up on the challenge, but here goes…



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2 responses to “Why this pic on this blog?

  1. There are a few different things that jump out to me.
    – The adversarial nature of audit. Though in the big picture we are on the same team, things we find can make the business look bad, or create what they see as extra work for them. Especially in the IT realm, there is also the adversarial element of the business vs risks/hackers/etc. that audit seeks to help evaluate.
    – Auditing is a skill you can improve through practice and training.
    – There are common patterns you can look for and apply, especially in regards to data analysis and how you perform it. In chess there are a number of well known openings or other patterns.
    – In resolving an issue or opining on an area, you need to build your foundation of proof and evidence and address objections, like capturing pieces leading up to checkmate.
    – There are a variety of tools and techniques you can apply separately or together, with different functions and uses; similar to the different pieces and how they move.
    – You have an objective you are trying to achieve, and not all work might contribute to that goal; you are going for checkmate, you don’t need to focus on capturing all the other pieces first.
    – You need to think several moves ahead and anticipate how the business might respond.


    • William,
      Kudos to being the first reader to respond (you may also be the last)!
      Several of your points I had not considered:
      – Improving yourself through practice and training.
      – Common patterns (I wasn’t do much analytics 10 years ago)
      – Looking for checkmate
      You are a much deeper thinker than I am.

      The adversarial nature of audit to the business is definitely true, and you’re right, you really are on the same team, but it sure doesn’t seem that way. Too often, auditors overstep and take adversarial positions.

      The one big difference between chess (and games in general) and auditing is that games have a winner and a loser (sometimes several losers). As you noted in your first point, we should always go for win-win.

      Thanks for your comments! I thought this might be an interesting topic. I hope others dive in.


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