It looks like the full program for the IGDA Leadership Forum has been put online. I will be speaking on "Leadership from the Trenches" one of the days out there. Not a talk on game design, but still a very important topic that I feel the entire industry can benefit from. From the official description:
As the size of development teams grow, the complexity of managing these teams increases significantly. As a result, it’s becoming increasingly important to have non-management members of development teams who exhibit characteristics of good leadership. This session will delve into ways for team members to become good, strong leaders from the trenches of game development and ways for organizations to promote an environment where these leaders thrive.
I hope some of you can make it out, it should be a great conference. The lineup of speakers including Clinton Keith (former CTO of High Moon Studios), Jason Coleman (Big Huge Games), and Trent Oster (BioWare), are pretty much out of my league so I'm sure to be the small fish at a conference of giants. It'll still be a lot of fun and informative. There is video available for free of the talks from last year's event as well if you want to check it out.
- To gain practical advice on ways to become a leader at the ground level
- To understand why leadership is needed on all levels of a team
- To understand how to foster a positive environment for leaders to grow and thrive