A Development Manager (DM) on Madden, is responsible for ensuring the successful delivery of a game feature on time and within budget. The DM oversees the project schedule and ensures the project is delivered to a high standard
Leads a development which generally consists of Software Engineers, Animators, Artists, and/or Designers. Works across Madden feature development teams with to lock down requirements and specifications.
Anticipates bottlenecks, provide management escalation, project prioritization, make tradeoffs, balance the business needs versus technical constraints, and drive initial partner deployments.
Identifies task-related processes to improve efficiency
Focuses on the immediate team and identifies team issues and suggests solutions related to execution goals.
Ensures the setup of each project meets the specifications with Studio.
Provides regular status reporting and capacity plan updates.
Tracks and implements project improvement plans to drive team efficiency.
Defines engagement practices and processes: Ensure all workflow is clearly defined, processes are documented, and staff trained in expectations on the workflow.
What skills does EA look for?
An EA Development Manager is expected to have at a minimum: 3 years of experience in a software development environment, 2 years Project Management or Project Lead experience, and 1-2 years of leadership experience
Bachelor’s degree in any number of related fields including Computer Science, Game Production/Development, Business, etc..A Master’s degree is a plus
Excellent knowledge of the production life cycle, tools, processes and executions planning.
Experience in a Scrum / Agile software development environment. Scrum Master Certification is desired.
Proficient with MS Word, MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Perforce, and Visio
Experience working on console development would be a plus
Demonstrated experience in working with broad cross-functional teams.
Strong negotiation, mediation and conflict resolution skills
Effective communication skills across all levels of an organization