Principles and Practices for Productive Teams – Slides from my GDC Paris 08 talk

Regular readers may remember that back on June 23rd 2008, I gave a presentation on productivity and being a producer at GDC Paris.

Well, I am happy to announce that about 6 months later, I have finally given the slides a final polish and converted them to an accessible format. It only took me a few hours. I have no idea why I kept pushing it back. Alex Champandard even encouraged me to record the talk afterwards (since I forgot to record it during the conference – d’oh!), but somehow I just never got to it. Speaker’s block? I don’t know. Good thing I am not a ‘pro’ blogger.

This talk may interest you if you are interested in productive game development or being in a leadership position in a game development team.

You can download the slides here (it’s a 1.6 Mb PDF).

Please let me know what you think.

Comments 7

  1. Alex wrote:

    Great slides. Love the Lolcats :)

    I truly wish this is something I could show two or three of my colleagues without causing offence. I hope I won’t get into too much trouble saying this but currently management and production in our company are… lacking a certain dedication. And that bleeds through to everyone, me included.

    I’m no producer, but these slides have been linked and saved just in case… well, you never know what the future brings.

    Posted 27 Jan 2009 at 13:56
  2. Jurie wrote:

    Thanks Alex. You could print out the slides and leave them on people’s desks ;) Or tell them to hire me! :D

    Posted 27 Jan 2009 at 14:06
  3. free games wrote:

    Great slides.Great job ;)

    Posted 31 Jan 2009 at 17:58
  4. Adam wrote:

    Great slides. I work in software (i.e. not games) as a team leader, but they were very useful anyway!

    Posted 06 Feb 2009 at 16:59
  5. Jurie wrote:

    Thanks Adam. Erlang is very interesting for online games btw :)

    Posted 06 Feb 2009 at 17:04
  6. Jan Willekens wrote:

    That was really an excellent presentation! I recognize a lot of what you said in my own work, especially in the sections about company culture and changing the way people work. The more years I add to my working life, the more I find myself picking my wife’s study books on social and work psychology out of the bookshelf ;-)

    Posted 27 Feb 2009 at 17:21
  7. Jurie wrote:

    Thanks Jan. I agree with what you’re saying about books (do you have any recommendations?). It’s just like how some of the most interesting books about programming are really about psychology. Gerald Weinberg, Larry Constantine, etc.

    Posted 09 Mar 2009 at 10:09