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Production Essentials Summit: Congratulations You've Become a Lead: Now What?


"The most important positions at a game developer are the Leads." In this talk, Deck Nine Game's COO Jeff Litchford explores how the game industry promotes talented people into leadership positions and then frequently leaves them to fend for themselves without any real training or mentoring on how to do the job well. As new leads, they are immediately thrust into situations where the consequences of their decisions and actions can run the range from mild to catastrophic poorly delivered work, unhappy team members, failed milestones, all the way to toxic work environments, cancelled projects, and layoffs. Together with the audience, Jeff will identify the actual job description of Lead, explore and explode longstanding leadership myths, and provide guidance on how talented people can become amazing Leads. This talk is appropriate for all departments, all levels of management, and for people looking to become Leads in the future.

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