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…

The Missing Ingredient: Personal Investment

In games and application development, there is a never ending struggle between cost and quality. Every company and every team has analyzed what the best formula is to propel a product forward. Some companies will waffle between the two extremes: push for top notch quality above all else, and then after some internal change, push…