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The Agile Manifesto was written sometime ago to promote a new customer focused, iterative way of working that empowers the people building software. In this blog we take a look at a games focused rewrite in order to better understand how it may help us.

Posted by Charles Palmer on Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:24:00 EST in Production, Console/PC, Serious, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
Production problems abound when you rely too heavily on specializations. This blog lays out a few of the pitfalls of over-reliance on specialization and the advantages of breaking free.

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The fact that creating many ...

The fact that creating many copies is basically free does not mean that the cost of creating each copy is effectively zero. In simplistic economic terms it just means increasing supply has no additional cost which makes it easy to meet demand. But that doesn 't make the demand unlimited ...

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Sounds like a pretty dysfunctional ...

Sounds like a pretty dysfunctional relationship between the stakeholders and the team. No process is going to save you at that point. Rejecting and discarding work for the right reasons is not really a case of lost man hours that need to be made up. It 's necessary research and ...

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Not the OP but I ...

Not the OP but I loved the story and ending of Firewatch. I 'm not sure it 's comparable to Mass Effect just because that 's so much closer to your regular scifi/videogame story and was anti-climatic for a different reason. r n r nWhat Firewatch and Gone Home both ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/02/2016 - 05:58]

There is a difference between ...

There is a difference between assuming that there will be a certain mix of girlfriends, female artists and female engineers present and assuming that any one individual is a girlfriend or artist rather than engineer and leading with that assumption in conversation. The latter in particular with the delivery described ...

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I 've been using VS ...

I 've been using VS Code since release to develop on OSX and it 's fantastic. Initially it can be a little disorientating if you are used to having a million tabs open but now I 've completely fallen in love with the code peeking.

Comment In: [Blog - 12/01/2015 - 01:41]

Producers and PMs that lead ...

Producers and PMs that lead their projects unintentionally into crunch do deserve a bad rep. The ones that lead their projects into crunch intentionally deserve an even worse rep. How the project timeline and budget runs is their responsibility r n r nPeople also have one great ability that functions ...