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Project Management In The Games Industry

  1. 1. PROJECT MANAGEMENT IN GAMES Sebastian Cardoso Niklas Modrow
  2. 2. AGENDA 1. Common management methodologies How they affect your work life Pros and cons 2. Project managers in the games industry Tips on how to best deal with them Rights and responsibilities
  3. 3. 1. MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES THE WATERFALL APPROACH Requirements Design Implementation Testing
  4. 4. 1. MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES THE WATERFALL APPROACH PROS CONS • Thorough planning • Early on plan unrealistic • Early alignment • Big bottlenecks • No room for reacting to new input • Big-bang integration • Expensive downstream testing WHAT THIS ALL MEANS TO YOU • Possibly a well-organized environment • Higher chances of doing overtime • Lots of room for creativity ... in the first 2 steps of the process • Deadlines being very important
  5. 5. 1. MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES AGILE PROCESSES PLAN REACT DO CHECK Inspect and adapt, inspect and adapt, inspect and …
  6. 6. 1. MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES AGILE PROCESSES PROS CONS • More focus • Difficult to sell to bosses and • Visibility publishers (no Gantt charts) • Plenty of team-oriented practices • Little experience with Agile • A dynamic environment • Autonomy almost a must • Flat hierarchy - more involvement WHAT THIS ALL MEANS TO YOU • Implementation has little success ratio • Plenty of room for creativity • Lots of teamwork • More responsibility and involvement
  7. 7. 1. MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES THE NO-PROCESS APPROACH Wake up in the morning Have a coffee, go to the office Figure out some tasks Do them … and hope for the best
  8. 8. 1. MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES THE NO-PROCESS APPROACH PROS CONS • Might actually work in small • Absolute failure recipe studios • Lots of work for the bin • Carefree environment • Opportunity to learn about different areas of development WHAT THIS ALL MEANS TO YOU • Small, chaotic studios are excellent breeding grounds • Shipping odds against you • No clear responsibilities can be frustrating
  9. 9. 1. MANAGEMENT METHODOLOGIES SUMMARY UNDERSTAND PROCESSES • They will define they way you work • They can empower or destroy your efforts EMBRACE DIFFERENT STYLES • There is a lot to be learned with each • Discover which one you’re most comfortable with CHALLENGE STATUS QUO • Don’t settle for methods that aren’t working for you • When in doubt: rely on common sense
  10. 10. 2. PROJECT MANAGERS IN THE INDUSTRY HOW TO DEAL WITH YOUR P.M. Two winning tips for communication No Tech Talk All Info + Solutions Consequences Keep it simple Estimated delay Possible solutions
  11. 11. 2. PROJECT MANAGERS IN THE INDUSTRY MUTUAL REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS P.M. Developers Constant Visibility communication Excellent Honesty organizational skills Hard work Caring
  12. 12. THANK YOU! QUESTIONS? Sebastian Cardoso Cardoso_sebastian@yahoo.com.ar

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