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Creating High Performing Teams: Cast an Ensemble


Why don't superstars always make a winning team? On the other hand, will one superstar elevate team's performance to new heights? Can you build a winning team out of enthusiastic juniors with little previous experience, but hunger to conquer the world? Should you keep the team intact from one project to another? How do you spot a dysfunctional team?Casting and building creative teams are the most crucial and difficult activities in the modern game making, where competition for talent is fiercer than ever, and teams need to excel in all areas of game production. In this talk, Heini (Head of Studio at Rovio) will discuss team casting and leadership principles, sharing concrete best practices and recommendations for assembling and leading teams to success, while also covering the most common pitfalls to avoid. Heini will talk about relevant approaches from the other creative fields, and also tell how the lessons from Google's study on high-performing teams can be applied to game development teams.

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  • GDC 2019
  • Heini Kaihu
  • Rovio
  • free content
  • Production & Team Management
  • Production