Evan's Job-Related Rules
Bits Of Magic
- Publishers will take advantage of you.
- Responsibility without Authority causes Stress. Stress causes Ulcers.
- The best designed or most expensive debugging hardware and software in the world is still only useful if you attach your brain to it. (Corollary: Your brain is the best debugger in the world — software and hardware can only add data to it.)
Hero Software, Inc.
- Get rid of the deadwood quickly. Otherwise it rots.
- Management is essential once you have more than three people working on a project.
- Get the game design in writing.
- Good Intentions are no substitute for Planning. Or Producing.
- The bug is on the line of code with the comment that says
- Never go into business a second time with an irresponsible, untrustworthy, or incompetent person.
- Never keep someone who's not pulling his weight around because "he's a nice guy".
Electronic Arts, Inc.
- Never get so attached to a job description that you'd leave the company if you got a new one.
- It's a Job, not a Lifestyle or a Family.
- Meetings are Productivity Sinks.
The 3DO Company
- Too many hours makes Evan a dull boy.
The ImagiNation Network
- If you pay someone lots of money for their advice, listen to it. Or don't pay them.
- Conventional companies do not make unconventional products well. Games are unconventional products.
Rocket Science Games, Inc.
- Get it in writing.
- Don't put people off. Don't let them put you off.
- Never get into bed with a company run worse than you are.
- Developers will take advantage of you.
- Distributors will take advantage of you.
- Your boss will take advantage of you. But if you get in his face, he may back down.
- The company will go out of business sooner than you think.
Adobe Systems, Inc.
- Ignoring a small problem by pretending you have more important things to do just allows it to become a big problem.
- When 1/3 of your people are "retired in place", worry.
- When your best people are complaining about how projects are managed, worry.
- When Engineers try to do Marketing's job, and Marketing tries to do Engineering's job, worry.
- Technical decisions should not be made for political reasons.
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