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  • Do You Have A Game Dev Coach On Your Team?

    - Amir H. Fassihi

  • Empower! How exactly?

    Let's go into the details to see how this empowerment can be done. Below are a few examples of what a game development coach can do for the team:

    1 - Setup the Team Structure, Considering Growth

    There are many decisions to be made by the game development team and tasks to be done throughout the entire development process. The main challenge for the optimum team is how to divide these decisions and responsibilities between the members. This problem becomes more challenging when you would also need to consider team member growth. A member might not be the best option for a task today, but she would need some opportunities for learning and growth. In other words, implicit in the challenge of structuring a team is the decisions related to individual development plans. The equivalent of this task for a sports team coach would be to assign playing positions to the members and plan for their development.

    2 - Monitor the Structure

    Setting up the team structure is not a one time task; it needs continuous daily monitoring and assessment. The coach needs to check with everyone daily. Some might prove to be better at some functions, and some might advance and learn, so work assignment needs to change continuously.

    3 - Observe the Individuals

    A coach knows better than anyone else that the team is made of human beings, and many non-technical aspects are related to the performance of human beings. Team members might not be at their peak performance levels for a multitude of reasons such as losing their motivation, not seeing the team vision, having issues with managers, or any personal problem. An ideal coach will spot such team member concerns and try to address them as much as possible.

    4 - Member Development Planning

    As mentioned above, making sure there are proper development and learning plans for each team member is a very crucial task for the coach. Higher skills for a member will directly affect team performance, and higher morale for the member will indirectly affect the team.

    5 - One on One Meetings

    A one on one meeting is one of the best ways for the coach to understand the members better and have them reflect on their situation. Trust will be the primary catalyst in such a meeting.


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