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Production Essentials Summit: Engaging Game Developers to Do Great Work, Happily

Scott Crabtree  (Chief Happiness Officer, Happy Brain Science)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Production & Team Leadership

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: Intermediate

Employee engagement is the difference between "quietly quitting" and giving it your best effort. It's the difference between a fantastic hit game and a dud. Engagement leads to improved productivity, quality, retention and profits. So how do you engage game developers? This research-based, interactive session will teach you concrete, immediately applicable techniques to raise employee engagement. Explore:

(1) Drivers of employee engagement (alignment, progress, significance, development, relationships and more) and how to deliver them in your organization.

(2) The forces that drive employees to disengage or "quiet quit", and how to avoid those.

(3) How "minding the GAPs" is the key to engaging employees.

Learn the science behind engagement, and the practical steps any producer or game dev leader can take to boost engagement, and therefore the game and the bottom line.


You will leave with dozens of immediately applicable techniques to boost game developer engagement. You will learn to avoid multiple ways that producers can unintentionally get their people to "quietly quit", dragging down the team. You'll leave more engaged yourself, and know how to better engage others, in this highly engaging session!

Intended Audience

Any game development leader who wants a more engaged team can benefit from this session. We will not be covering the basics of management; we will be exploring the much more challenging task of getting a game developer to give their very best effort, while also improving their life at the same time.