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Production Essentials Summit: Anti-Crunch: Patterns and Practices

Chris Cobb  (Co-founder & CTO, Pragma Platform, Inc.)

Location: Room 301, South Hall

Date: Monday, March 21

Time: 2:10 pm - 3:10 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Viewing Experience: In-Person

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: No

This talk by Chris Cobb from Pragma Platform dives into several strategies he and his team use to battle crunch culture. He'll describe how they practice their values of "Customer Triumph," "Quality at Speed," and "Unlocked Teams," to build healthy strategies for development.

Cobb will begin with technical strategies like how to create milestones that ship on schedule without crunch (he promises it's possible!) and how writing code early and shipping often helps prevent late-game disasters. He'll then talk about the power behind long-lived teams, and how they build teams of individuals rather than make short-term resource assignments, and the importance of encouraging a sustainable work/life balance.


Attendees will learn real-life strategies for building long-lived teams and battling crunch at game companies.

Intended Audience

Producers, managers, and leadership at any game company that seeks to prevent crunch and burnout.