ThoughtWorks Games Geek NIght

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Published on December 22, 2008

Author: frankmt



What Went Wrong? A Survey of Problems in Game Development
Good Practices in Game Development. Is The Game Industry That Bad?

What Went Wrong? A Survey of Problems in Game Development Good Practices in Game Development Is The Game Industry That Bad? Francisco Trindade TW London Geek Night 21st Nov 2008 © ThoughtWorks 2008

Agenda • Why? • What? • How? • Results © ThoughtWorks 2008

Why? © ThoughtWorks 2008

What? • Survey of problems found in game development – Compare to the “traditional” industry • Good practices in game development – Is Agile a good fit? © ThoughtWorks 2008

How? Read Analyzed Compared with traditional Postmortems Data industry © ThoughtWorks 2008

Postmortems • Summarize project experience – Emphasys on positive and negative aspects “The most severe blow suffered by all teams was from accepting an unrealistic schedule. Despite endemic problems, . . . the concept that was floated at the time was that it would be possible to adhere to the original schedule if everyone simply worked around the clock. Foolish and naıve, we bought it, and started pushing.” © ThoughtWorks 2008

Problems Occurrence Over Budget Great Number of Defects Test Problems Communication Problems Crunch Time Delay or Optimistic Schedule Design Problems Cutting Features Feature Creep Unreal or Ambitious Scope 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% © ThoughtWorks 2008

So... © ThoughtWorks 2008

Is Agile a Good Fit? © ThoughtWorks 2008

Best Practices Iterative Process Quality Control Agile Modeling Good Programming Practices Simple Tools Product Focus Creativity Qualified Team 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% © ThoughtWorks 2008

Conclusion • Game industry has the same problems as traditional software industry • Agile is a good fit – Probably more than in the traditional industry • Teamwork, Motivation, Cross-functional teams © ThoughtWorks 2008

Thank you! Questions? © ThoughtWorks 2008

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