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Lyndsay Pearson Talk

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 posted by keyinw

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On Thursday, March 20th, 2014, Lynsay Pearson, who is the lead producer at EA, visited ETC SV campus and gave us a talk about her working experience.

 

She started as a QA for Sims then joined the production team and worked on Sims 2 and expansions, My Sims and The Sims 3. Now she is at Sims 3 team. She is a very nice and passionate person and she introduced how to be a good producer who is supportive to the team and make teammate work efficiently and effectively. She used to be an artist which help her to understand the development process well and she is very helpful for all the teammates.
In the talk, she introduced what do producers usually do. She also talked about the production team and how the pipeline works plus all the forms of communication between producers, programmers, producers and designers etc. Although Lyndsay didn’t  know much about technical part, she said she learned how to communicate with programmers by asking them politely to explain technical questions in a way that she can easily understand.
Moreover, she talked about how to deal with the conflicts between developers and designers. She said when conflicts appear , for example, when designers design something that is hard to realized for developers or developers don’t implement the game as game designers design, she will work between them and try to make these two roles understand each other and figure out a way to solve problems but ensure the game quality.
The talk was very successful and helpful. Lyndsay was full of energy while speaking and shared us lots of valuable experiences and interesting stories in her work. We harvested a lot and appreciated her very much!

Lyndsay Pearson visits ETC SV

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 posted by sunmoonh

What is it like to work as the lead producer at EA? On Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012, Sims 3 team Lyndsay Pearson visited ETC SV campus and talked about her experience being a producer. Lyndsay started as a QA for Sims then joined the production team and worked on Sims 2 and expansions, My Sims and The Sims 3. She is very friendly and outgoing and she talked about how being a producer is about being supportive to the team so that they can feel comfortable and get jobs done right in time. She has 3d art background which also enables her to help in development and she says she enjoys helping out whenever she can.

Lyndsay Pearson

Lyndsay Pearson

The talk commenced by graduate students asking questions and Lyndsay answering. The talk started by Lyndsay receiving question such as, “What does producers do?” Lyndsay said she loved Penny Arcade’s episode on Producers and it shows perfectly what she thinks about producers. (http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/episode/so-you-want-to-be-a-producer)

Later on she also talked about the production team and how the pipeline works plus all the forms of communication between producers and programmers, producers and designers etc. Because Lyndsay didn’t have technical background, she said she learned how to talk with programmers and to communicate with them by asking them politely to explain technical concepts in words that she can easily understand.

She received questions about producer’s role such as “How do you review Game designer’s game design?” Lyndsay said that because game designers sometimes have a grand vision of their own, she needs to cut down, down scope and help game designers focus so that the game can have a quality experience.

The talk was very dynamic and Lyndsay was energetic to talk about her work and her roles. For all graduate students at this talk, Lyndsay will be remembered as the producer’s role model.