Quality of Life Under Microscope at GDC

Covering the game industry as we do, we know how hard developers work to get the latest interactive titles on the shelf. But is the pressure to deliver taking too much of a toll on those working in the industry? This question and more will be addressed at this year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC) in San Francisco. The Int’l Game Developers Association (IGDA) will host the Quality of Life Summit on March 8.

The Summit will focus on the issues addressed in last year’s Quality of Life white paper, published by the IGDA, which documented the long hours and pressures exerted on developers and how these factors affect companies and the people who work for them.

Steve McConnell, software industry leader and best selling author of Code Complete and Rapid Development, will deliver the keynote address. McConnell will explain the dollars and cents of production process improvement, mapping out the need for improved software development practices in a way that is meaningful to managers and executives. The speech will be sponsored by Blue Fang Games.

“Tackling quality of life issues and maturing production practices is necessary for the industry to move forward,” says IGDA exec director Jason Della Rocca. “Attendees of the Summit will be inspired by the reality that there is a way to be successful in the games business, while enjoying a sensible work/life balance.”

Content of the Summit will focus on labor relations theory, the current state of quality of life within the industry, case studies on successfully implemented practices and a discussion on how to overcome the issues preventing a better quality of life. Developers, producers, managers and those in involved in the human resources process are encouraged to attend.

Participating speakers will include Michel Allard, Ubisoft’s VP of continuous improvement, Montreal; Rich Vogel, exec producer for Sony Online Entertainment; Julian Eggebretch, president/lead producer for Factor 5; Joe Minton, president/CEO of Cyberlore Studios; David Perry, president of Shiny Ent.; and Francois Dominic Laramee, freelance developer and IGDA Quality of Life Committee Chairperson.

For complete session details and event information, go to www.igda.org/summit.