5 tips to apply in your everyday life when working in game development
Updated: Aug 24
Mesmar shares some of the learnings and tips from his career with us. He tries to apply these in his day-to-day life to become a better leader and game developer.
There is no absolute right way. The key is to understand the context and find the common ground to build from there.
Servant Leadership. I treat people the way I would like to be treated. I want to do my job in the best way possible, and my job is to bring out the best in you. I want to unlock whatever you need to perform your best.
Experience is not transferable. It is easy to transfer knowledge, but the experience is something else. People need to learn for themselves. The leader's mission is to provide the environment to make mistakes and still recover.
Avoid micromanaging. Teamwork is solving the problem together. If I spend enough time defining the problem, the team will find better solutions. I work a lot on What and Why and leave the How to the team.
Give teams freedom. The best way to get the best out of people is by giving them freedom and trust. You will get an extra sense of responsibility from them.
The Pro’s recommendations
The expert gives his recommendations for games and books.
Street Fighter 2 - Capcom
The legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past or Breath of the Wild - Nintendo
Tetris - Alexey Pajitnov
Resident Evil I - Capcom
A theory of fun - Ralph Koster
The art of game design a book of lenses - Jesse Schell
Rules of Play - Eric Zimmerman and Katie Salen
Join us on Friday, Mar 4th and when we quiz Fawzi around his career and more advice for game developers!
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