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Harvard Bonin, MBA, PMP

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I'm very fortunate to have learned from many talented colleagues. For me, they are my family and mentors. I'm here to share my professional, sometimes misguided and hopefully helpful stories. My articles are designed to provoke thought and debate.  I'm an experienced producer with over twentyish published titles in my portfolio.  My past studios include Sony Computer Entertainment America, Electronic Arts, Westwood Studios Pacific and Virgin Interactive. I'm proud to have been a part of some great teams that created Command & Conquer, God of War: Ascension, Warhawk, Starhawk and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth.

Personally, I believe that the producer's role is to do anything possible to unlock the creative talents of the team.  Historically the production discipline has been vague and hard to pin down.  I'm committed to mentoring and helping other young producers learn more about their craft and the tools available to them often used outside video game development.

Feel free to contact me through Linked In.  I'm at www.linkedin.com/in/harvardbonin

I will continue to update my articles.  I learn everyday and my posts will become outdated.  They will change.

 

 

Expert Blogs

In our industry it seems lay offs happen every few days. I thought I was safe but I was wrong. I was laid off in 2014. Here is how I got my "ness" back. So far this is my most personal blog and I hope it helps other game devs in similar circumstance


While our industry has embraced Scrum and its used across our business many other project management methods go unnoticed. In this article I'll outline the principles of Lean Six Sigma and apply them to game development.


I believe that there’s an idyllic road map for all game development. It can apply to all manner of projects. I call it the “Bigfoot Model of Phased Development. It's also mythical.


Demos are a reality in video game development. They are also responsible for crunching teams, missing targets and all around poor morale. So why do I think properly managed demos are positive for game development? Read on and please share your comments


Posted by Harvard Bonin on Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:34:00 EDT in Audio, Design, Programming, Production, Art, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet
There are plenty of methodologies producers and project managers can utilize in game making. One very popular method is Scrum. So why does it drive so many game makers crazy? Is it the method or the implementation?


Video game production has been an undefined and a misunderstood craft within our business. How can we, as producers, strive to improve our craft? This article discusses ideas on this topic.



Harvard Bonin's Comments

Comment In: [Blog - 07/02/2014 - 06:32]

Well done, Trent ...

Well done, Trent

Comment In: [Blog - 05/28/2014 - 02:31]

heh...very astute. ...

heh...very astute.

Comment In: [Blog - 05/22/2014 - 09:38]

Sorry, editing mistake and this ...

Sorry, editing mistake and this forum doesn 't like my fix. Please see the reply above.


Comment In: [News - 05/01/2014 - 04:37]

SOE is not a part ...

SOE is not a part of the PC hardware branch. They are separate.

Comment In: [Blog - 04/28/2014 - 04:53]

Hi Clint, r n r ...

Hi Clint, r n r nAs you know my thinking on waterfall, even in the execution phase is undergoing construction. : I 'm considering Lean Six Sigma more seriously. As I look into it further I suspect I may be revising some of my articles. I like the combination of ...