Author Archives | Liza Wood

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After a dozen years leading video game development projects in a variety of roles, I decided to pursue a Master of Data Science at the University of British Columbia. Studying data science doesn’t mean I’m moving away from leading people. Growing data science teams need collaborative, pragmatic, Agile leadership to connect data to all areas of the business. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog.

What Video Game Producers Do

November 16, 2015

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Earlier this year, a 2009 blog post on why to hire video game developers circulated on LinkedIn. Inspired by that article, I thought I would share some insight into what video game Producers/Development Directors do, relating it to the context of more traditional industries. None of this is specific to how any particular game is built or how […]

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Never Been Tasked

November 8, 2015

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For over 15 years in my career, I had never been tasked. Not even as a young engineer, straight out of school. Not even when I changed roles, nor during my first weeks at a new company. I have always had autonomy within an understanding of my role on the project and within the organization. […]

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What I Learned at Boot Camp: Leadership

November 5, 2015

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When I participated in “the ultimate Seals training” boot camp, I did not expect that I would share some leadership values as the Navy Seals training us. While I believe that a certain amount of discipline is a good thing, I am also the first person to “go against the grain” when I detect a command and […]

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What I Learned At Bootcamp: Teamwork

November 3, 2015

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Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to participate in “the ultimate Seal training experience“, which was likely the longest workout I’ll ever do. While the test of physical endurance will forever be memorable, the most valuable part of the experience, though, was understanding the leadership and teamwork values of real Navy Seals. With respect […]

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As Good A Reason As Any

November 1, 2015

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Plaster of Rodin's The Thinker at Musee des Beaux Arts Montreal

Earlier this year, I wandered away from writing for this blog. It wasn’t planned or intentional. It just happened. It was the same for travelling practically every month this year. Some of it was for business, some it was for pleasure and only about half of it was planned at the beginning of the year. Add changing projects […]

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5 Things I Wish All Outsourcers Understood

February 16, 2015

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When you list “outsourcing” on your Linked In profile, go to conferences and trade shows, and generally network within your industry, a lot of potential outsourcing partners will approach you with a pitch on how their service will change your life. As a result, you appreciate and do business with the companies that seem to […]

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