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|Session Name:||Leaders Working at the Heart of the Team in 2023|
|Speaker(s):||Grant Shonkwiler, Erika Olsen, Richard Atlas, Roger Collum, Carolina Mastretta|
|Company Name(s):||Shonkventures, Xbox Game Studios Publishing, Clever Endeavour Games, Creative Assembly, Original Fire Games|
|Track / Format:||Production & Team Leadership|
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|Overview:||Project management methodologies and processes in the video game industry have been analyzed ad nauseam, often sold as production cure-alls. While these mechanics of game production are important, there's another critical facet that has been explored far less: The emotional and elusive feel of being a great leader, producer, and/or 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: bringing your whole self as a leader to the table, building, sustaining and repairing trust within our teams, compassionate leadership, production and leadership from the producers' perspective, and accepting that mistakes will be made.|