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Creating Small Teams that Kick A$$ and Take Names

Creating Small Teams that Kick A$$ and take names Tired of working at a big company? Looking to create your own startup? Managing smaller teams, budgets and timelines are much different than when you had levels of management or a large company behind you. You will need to take a completely different approach when creating your own team. Seal Team 6 vs the Fab 5 Right people, Right role Who’s in charge? Who is your cheerleader? We don’t need a stinking Project Manager (Yes you do) Communication is even more important for a smaller team You will need a better firing policy than hiring policy This talk is NOT about how to get funding. This is about building and managing a successful team. Intended audience & prerequisites: Anyone who is starting a new small team, startup, or would like to improve how their team interacts. Session takeaways: Attendees will have a better understanding of how to build a small team, manage them, communicate with them, and create your own norms. Everything you wanted to know about project management but were afraid to ask You have your startup idea, you have your team. Who is going to manage the project? The project manager of course. Ah, what do they do again? If you suddenly find yourself in the project manager role or looking for a project manager this presentation will help you. What does a project manager do? Communication, Communication, Communication What skills are important A day in the life of a project manager Communication, Communication, Communication Intended audience & prerequisites: Anyone who is interested in project management, needs help with project management or looking for help in hiring a project manager Session takeaways: Attendees will have a better understanding of the project manager role, skills needed, and real-life examples.


Chip Pedersen

Director of Client Services

Modern Logic

Chip Pedersen Chip is the Studio Director of Client Services at Modern Logic and founder of Golden Gear Consulting and FrostBit Studio all located in the frozen tundra of Silicon Prairie also known as Minneapolis. A 33-year veteran of the Technology, Software development, startups, and video gaming industry, Chip has held senior positions at Microsoft Game Studios, Activision/Blizzard, Griffin International, Outdoor Partners Entertainment, Concrete Software and ZeroLight. His experience covers numerous platforms and genres and he has directly managed AAA development teams of 60+ professionals. Prior to joining the gaming industry, Chip honed his tech skills as a Research & Development Specialist at Apple Inc. in Cupertino, California. Chip’s team building philosophy centers around one key concept: the project always comes first. Whether it’s strapping on motion‐capture goalie equipment for NHL Rivals, spending three days in the desert learning to shoot for the game Soldier of Fortune:


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