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Producer Bootcamp: A Producer's Guide to Enabling Intrinsically Motivated Teams

Anne Cunningham  (Interactive Innovation Producer, Netflix)

Alyssa Finley  (Sr. Producer, ILMxLAB)

Location: Room 2010, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 4:40 pm - 5:40 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Producer Bootcamp

Vault Recording: Video

For the best outcomes, teams must be highly aligned on why they exist and for whom they are making a product. Lack of alignment can lead to tremendous wasted energy and churn. In this talk, the speakers will go over a method to identify and declare team cultural values, define a shared mission, and evangelize planning. They'll delve into examples of the opposing poles of command and control verses autonomy, and suggest specific methods to align teams to best support innovation. The speakers will draw upon specific learnings from the fast-paced development environment at Telltale Games (among others), and talk about the methods, metrics, and missions that have been most effective for them in their quest to increase productivity, team morale, and team innovation.


A rubric to drive the chartering process, examples of successful team charters, a set of tools and diagnostics for monitoring the health of your team, and a clear rationale (shareable with stakeholders and skeptics!) as to why it's important to spend time on these things.

Intended Audience

Producers at any level looking to help their team maximize innovation and efficiency and reduce churn.