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Game Career Seminar: Boss Mode: Making the Most of Your Manager

Jennie Lees  (Director of Engineering, Zynga)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass, Summits Pass, Expo Pass, Audio Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass, Friday Only Pass

Topic: Game Career Development

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

Welcome to your new job! Here's your computer, your password and... your manager. Gulp! If you've ever found your manager intimidating, prepare to be demystified as you learn more about what their job is, what they want from you, and—most importantly—how you can put yourself in the driver's seat and help them help you.

This talk includes concrete guides and templates to help you build out your toolbox at work, and thrive in any kind of manager relationship: good or bad.


Attendees will leave with a better understanding of their manager's role and a set of clear expectations to hold their manager accountable to; concrete guides and templates to make the most of performance reviews, discussing raises and promotions, changing teams—and how to make those awkward 1:1s a bit more bearable.

Intended Audience

This is for students and developers early in their careers, or anyone further in their career who still avoids their manager as much as humanly possible.