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Production Essentials Summit: Project Management Certification: Book Smart vs Street Smart

Jason Arrera  (Director of Production, Pipeworks)

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

Will discuss what Project Management skills are as a subset of the responsibilities of a Producer, and whether or not there is any advantage to being a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). We will review how many Producers in the industry are certified and whether or not there is perceived value in the recruiting process.


Attendees will learn the value of project management discipline and its relevance to game development. They will also learn what certification doesn't cover. They will understand the level of effort involved to get certification and how it may improve their project success, and ultimately their career.

Intended Audience

- Production leaders who are looking to hire Producers
- Current Producers wanting to solidify their understanding of best practices.
- Aspiring Producers who are considering certification as we away to distinguish themselves