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Session Name: Orchestrating 'Hexagroove's' Junior Talent
Speaker(s): David Guiseppe Ventura
Company Name(s): Ichigoichie
Track / Format: Production & Team Management

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Overview: Hexagroove: Tactical DJ is two-person Ichigoichie's first title, self-published on console and PC. The mashup musical strategy game was built in only 12 months with the help of nine very talented interns sans any industry experience. The median developer age was 21.8. In this talk, we will share our management techniques and experiences for such a diverse team including:* the challenges of intern developers and a coaching-centric toolkit for maximizing their contribution and professional growth* how to work with disparate personalities and build strong connections with artists both local and remote* struggles executing on a tight roadmap with a high bar, and how we prioritized for the skills of our teamThe talk will provide a mini-management post mortem of tested advice for building an indie game with a non-traditional mix of veterans and students, providing opportunities to grow the studio resource pool in the process.

Game Developers Conference 2021

David Guiseppe Ventura


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Production & Team Management