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Culture Shock: Staying True to Your Values Through Growth

Forrest Dowling  (Studio Director, The Molasses Flood)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Production & Team Leadership

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: Intermediate

Growth means change. Change in process, communication, vibe, everything. Through it all, you must nurture what is important about your culture, because it will change. Our growth has been from a small tight knit team of 12 people with years of history to a team of over 60, plus an even larger constellation of partner developers around the globe—all unified by a single goal, and under a single set of values.

This talk examines how we've developed our values and managed to protect and promote them as the team has scaled, and why 100% of the people on our team would recommend working here in anonymous surveys. You will learn specific processes and actions that you can apply to your studio to ensure that it's a great place to work, regardless of where you are in your growth.


Attendees will take away a tool kit of specific actions they can use to help codify their culture and nurture it as their studio grows and changes.

Intended Audience

This is for studio leaders and those in positions to effect change at the studio wide level, or those who are simply interested in an examination of what makes a great place to work, and what effort is involved in keeping it that way.