Squirrel

Recently, this blog post reminded me of this great book. I read The Laws of Simplicty a couple years ago. I noted then that this was a great (and fast) read and that I should re-read it every so often. Looks like now is that time. I've been trying to…

Is this what you really want to be doing right now?

I've been thinking a lot about Essentialism recently. What is really important to me? I've started a new job. I have more time in the day due to a lesser commute. Now I have the time to figure out what to focus on, and act on it. I have way…

Never Alone

I'm late to the party, as usual. But this was worth the wait. I've just started playing through Never Alone, and am only complete with one level. Well, I helped my kids play through it, I didn't control anything. I'll make a new game for myself as soon as possible.…

Mr. Oldman stands up and expands

What do Gary Oldman, Scrum Standup meetings and odd at-first-glance technologies have in common? Maybe nothing, other than this post. I've gotten into the habit of communicating standup notes very quickly. I do not expect people to be sitting in their inboxes waiting for info to come to them. However…

Some notes on Agile Development

Agile development is a Cult to some, a Fad or just plain old weird to others. I'm a fan of this type of development. I've seen teams do great work by adopting Agile and a framework to execute it. Agile isn't magic bullet however. Some Agile projects fail. I do…

Single Tasking and Spotlight

I'm on Ev Bouge's The Client List. After his really great post on what I'll call Single Tasking (doing one thing at a time) he asked: Anyway, what if you used a computer that gave you zero feedback? How would you be creative if the machine doesn’t tell you…

Sacrifices

Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. Then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; He lives as though…

Digital Portsmouth: The Art of the Game

I was lucky enough to be asked to present at the most recent Digital Portsmouth event. This time around the topic was "The Art of the Video Game". Here's my recap of the event and the materials of my presentation. This was my first visit to the Music Hall Loft.…

Ask

Dana Loud, a co-worker of mine who's an amazing artist tweeted this recently: As a leader, there is no better way to build trust among your team than to admit you don’t know something and ask for their input. #gamedev I think this is an excellent example of vulnerability…

Talk

A great way to share and build a following is to give a talk at a users group or conference. Maybe you don't think you could do it because public speaking terrifies you. Or you fear that you don't have the knowledge. It really isn't that hard to do, it…

Nerd Alert

Ever since delicious shut down I’ve been missing a good web bookmark service. I recently heard of saved.io on lifehacker and thought I’d give it a try. I've been using Instapaper which is awesome for storing longer articles to read at a later time. While the saving…

Trust

I was in a group conversation once where I believe someone was confusing autonomy with trust. His point was that someone had to earn autonomy so that they could get more advanced and meaningful tasks. I think that everyone has to earn trust but the culture/management grants autonomy. Trust:…

UX for TA

I met James Christie at an event at Alpha Loft some time ago. He gave an interesting talk on sustainability of the internet. He's interested in "Making a faster greener better web". He's a Senior Experience Designer for Mad*Pow. I've been asking him questions about User Experience and he's…

Cliques and Tribes

At various points in my career I've bounced between Cliques and Tribes and back. While Cliques can be good to get new people up and running and do provide a strong bond between members I do feel that they are detrimental overall. Clique: a small, exclusive group of people. Tribe:…

Pay it Forward

If you've been making games for a while you've probably come across someone who aspires to do what you do. You've met these folks at user groups, or through friends or they work in other departments at your job. These people look up to you, no matter your level or…

Four reasons we're not as good as we could be

The lizard brain is not merely a concept. It's real, and it's living on the top of your spine, fighting for your survival. But, of course, survival and success are not the same thing. The lizard brain is the reason you're afraid, the reason you don't do all the art…

The three things we need at work

Dan Pink's book Drive is great. I do believe there are three key factors to creating a productive and profitable workplace. • Autonomy: Independence or freedom to create • Mastery: The urge to get better • Contribution: Your work impacts the project. Autonomy can be difficult to achieve in a production environment due…