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Production Essentials Summit: Congratulations You've Become a Lead: Now What?

Jeff Litchford  (Chief Operating Officer, Deck Nine Games)

Location: Room 301, South Hall

Date: Monday, March 21

Time: 3:50 pm - 4:50 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

"The most important positions at a game developer are the Leads." In this talk, Deck Nine Game's COO Jeff Litchford explores how the game industry promotes talented people into leadership positions and then frequently leaves them to fend for themselves without any real training or mentoring on how to do the job well. As new leads, they are immediately thrust into situations where the consequences of their decisions and actions can run the range from mild to catastrophic – poorly delivered work, unhappy team members, failed milestones, all the way to toxic work environments, cancelled projects, and layoffs. Together with the audience, Jeff will identify the actual job description of Lead, explore and explode longstanding leadership myths, and provide guidance on how talented people can become amazing Leads. This talk is appropriate for all departments, all levels of management, and for people looking to become Leads in the future.


By the end of the presentation attendees will have a much better understanding of what their actual job as a lead or manager is and they'll be armed with multiple strategies to help them develop into even stronger leaders in the future.

Intended Audience

If you've been promoted into a position of leadership and yet have no real idea what is expected of you or how to do it, then this presentation can start you down the right path. This presentation is intended for all departments and all levels of management.