Having a Good 1 on 1

Having a good and regular 1 on 1 with your direct reports is, in my opinion, a vital part of staying accessible to your team and giving them the valuable facetime that they need. Knowing that they have the freedom to ask questions, bring up concerns and get some genuine and honest feedback on their…

The Importance of Mentorship

I first started in the tech/gaming/entertainment (maybe gametechertainment?) as a functionality QA Tester at a QA outsource company called Babel. I started at a Montreal office of a UK based company that had just opened shop here in town, as something like employee #10. Basically, the office wasn’t anywhere near done, almost nobody was around…

Being Buffy – The Effective Manager

Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a great example of cult television. It had a relatively small but rabid fanbase, was timed perfectly so it ran just as the internet and internet culture was taking off, and featured content that was actually deeper than the “monster of the week” image it had on the surface. Buffy…

Diving in Headfirst

Like a lot of people, I kind of stumbled into management. No formal training, no real idea of what I needed to do or how to do it, just an above average amount of common sense and a desire to see our products succeed. While hardly a recipe for success, I would venture to say…