New Board Members

September 29, 2009

Dear IGDA members who attended the Austin GDC,

I had an excellent time meeting many of you throughout the week, and look forward to doing so again in the future.  It is clear to me that you understand the power of your chapters is in your volunteers and their willingness and desire to make the organization into something greater than the sum of its parts.

As you know, I have been working diligently since July 1st to increase the value of the central organization. Being developers, I am also confident that you understand nothing is achieved overnight or by one’s self.  The IGDA Board of Directors has been integrally involved in all of the changes you have seen in the last 3 months, and there are MANY more to come.

It is because the need is so great that the Board, upon reviewing the departure of 3 elected members, decided that additional volunteers were needed.  The full Board reviewed and discussed a number of candidates, specifically focusing in on those who had expressed interest previously, and who had skill sets that the organization needs in this critical period of transition.

We have challenges ahead, which should not be news to you.  But we also have solid plans to rebuild membership, increase participation, and bring increased value to each individual member.  We also have the administrative issues that any organization servicing 12,000 people worldwide faces.  So it was that we needed some help, and could not wait for the election cycle to roll about. This is exactly why the ability for the Board to appoint members was placed into the by-laws in the first place.  These folks have agreed to serve for shortened 2 year terms specifically to support the association in this time of transition. There is work to be done, and they agreed to help get on with the jobs at hand.

I ask each of you to support these new Board members as well as the existing ones.  For without them, the IGDA as an international organization would not exist.  I also ask you to consider volunteering to run for the Board yourself.  It is not an easy task, and it requires more than a little of your time, but if you want to make a difference in the IGDA, that is the best place to be.




New Initiatives

September 10, 2009

Dear IGDA Member,

Thank you for your continued membership in the IGDA.  I am delighted to report we have a number of new initiatives that are live and more that are coming, and I wanted to take a few moments of your time to give you a heads up about what is going on in your association that you can take advantage of.

IGDA Unemployed Member Rate: These are tough economic times for everyone. If you or one of the members you know has recently decided not to renew their membership due to having lost their job, let them know that the IGDA is offering a discount upon renewal.  This special rate is available only to unemployed members, and we are using the honor system here.  If you are an independent developer, then we don’t really consider you unemployed.  However, If you tell us you are unemployed, you can access the discount upon your IGDA renewal date.

SCRUM Certification with Clinton Keith:  If you (or your team) have been looking for ways to increase efficiency and productivity levels as well as communication and teamwork, then you’ll be thrilled to learn that the IGDA has partnered with Clinton Keith to offer a special 2 day Game Developer specialized training for using SCRUM (an iterative incremental management technique)  for game studios.

This 2 day workshop is limited to 35 professionals from the game development community.  Clinton has adapted his training program to use Game Specific examples and cases as well as anecdotes and examples from his extensive experience to show you and your team how to take the core concepts of SCRUM and apply them directly to your current project.

When you leave this workshop, you’ll have a set of project management tools and reference material to bring back to your organization and apply immediately.  With the practices and techniques that Clinton goes over, you will see an increase in team communication, understanding between team members, and awareness of the project needs and status.  These lead all of your folks to begin pulling more effectively toward reaching milestones and deadlines, and be proactive about solving issues from one section of a project to another.

The workshop will be held in San Francisco, CA, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott on November 10th and 11th.  It will lead up to the IGDA Leadership Forum, and attendees who register for both will receive a great discount off both registration fees.

Seating is limited to 35 participants and beginning to fill up, so register today: (There are additional discounts for teams of 3 or more who wish to attend, please contact me directly about these opportunities

The IGDA Leadership Forum:  Our 3rd annual Leadership Forum and Professional Development Conference is coming up soon on November 12th & 13th in San Francisco, CA.   Held at the San Francisco Marriott, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with over 200 top Game Development Professionals.  Join Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President of Development and Production for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE); Chris Satchell, Chief Technology Officer for International Gaming Technologies, as well as a host of top shelf industry professionals as we run 3 tracks of programs and networking sessions for all types of game development professionals.  Stay for our cocktail reception and introduce yourself to some of the top guns in the business, and meet other rising stars who are beginning to make names for themselves.  Whether you are an independent producer, a studio head, or simply an overachiever, this seminar offers a series of powerful sessions designer to make you a valuable asset in the game development community.

Seating is limited, so take a few minutes and register today to save your spot at the 3rd annual IGDA Leadership Forum.

Free Member Webinar Series:  The IGDA is launching a new series of webinars titled “The IGDA Presents…”   These will begin on Sept. 29th with Clinton Keith.  More details to follow under a separate header with our initial 3 month schedule.

Well that’s a few things to chew on for the moment.  More to come.

I will be attending the GDC in Austin next week, and welcome any of you who would like to connect to reach out via email or phone and let’s schedule a time.