GDC Europe 2016 Schedule

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  • Take the Lead: Lessons Learned During My Transition from Expert to Manager

    Location:  Congress Saal 1, 4th Level
    Format: Lecture
    Track: Production
    Pass Type: Student Pass, All Access Pass - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: Video

    You are a highly skilled programmer or technical expert, maybe you're even a guru? Even so, when the opportunity presents itself to move out of your comfort zone to tackle a new leadership role, it can be daunting. You need new skills and new expertise to make the transition successfully. The speaker, Sushama Chakraverty, has worked on many programming teams throughout her career and she's worked with different managers and leads before taking on the challenge to become a lead herself. Sushama will present practical advice and key learnings from her experience and offer real strategies to successfully manage the changes and challenges one faces when taking on a lead position within a programming team. The speaker will provide insights on how to know if the manager path is for you, give details on what you can expect as a new lead, and offer recommendations on maintaining balance and promoting team productivity as a new manager. Whether you've already accepted a manager position, or you are still undecided, this presentation will help ease the transition from expert to manager and provide tips that you can take with you as you grow in your new role.


    Attendees will receive practical advice about how to successfully transition from expert to lead, while helping prepare for a positive experience in a new leadership position.

    Intended Audience

    Anyone considering or just starting in a lead position. Sushama is a programmer and so may relate more things to programming teams. However, the more general ideas could be useful for other game developers as well.