As a game producer, it can be easy to fall into the trap of micromanagement. When producers are dealing with so many aspects of a game's development, they often get far too involved in the minutiae the project, and end up slowing down their entire team.
League of Legends lead producer Travis George has seen that scenario play out many times, and at last year's GDC Online, he shared some advice to help producers break their bad habits and become a better resource for their teams.
As he sees it, a producer's job isn't to manage other developers, but to empower them.
"And what does empowerment mean? Empowerment is the ability to create a team or an organization or an individual that feels ownership and is actually driving the results for you," George said. To create that sense of empowerment, George said producers should look to find a healthy middle ground between directing their team members, and giving them the freedom to accomplish their goals on their own.
Throughout his talk, George went in-depth on the numerous other challenges and obstacles facing modern game producers, and you can check out his full presentation in the above video, courtesy of the GDC Vault.
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