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Leaders Working at the Heart of the Team 2022


Project management methodologies and processes in the video game industry have been analyzed ad nauseum, often sold as production cure-alls. While these mechanics of game production are indeed important, there's another critical facet that has been explored far less: the emotional and elusive feel of being a great leader/producer/project manager. Once processes are in place, in order to maintain the health of a project the leader must have their finger firmly on the pulse of the team and be able to diagnose situations that often call for drastically different solutions. In this session we will investigate facets of soft skills and share specific situations that we have encountered throughout our careers and how soft skills have saved the team and shipped awesome games. Topics include: Learnings from overcoming our first major challenge while building a new team, game, studio, and culture completely remotely. What it's like to create a brand new studio and form a brand new team during a pandemic when you don't have all the answers. nHow admitting you don't know can be the most terrifying and empowering leadership change you can make. What to think about when making games in a foreign country during a pandemic. Empowering indies through the pandemic and "The Great Resignation"

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