The project manager is often called the producer in game development companies. Basically the task is to ensure the successful delivery of a game, on time and within budget.
The project manager controls both the financial and other resources needed for a project, and co-ordinates the work of the production team. The key to success is making sure that the quality and vision of the game is maintained, whatever problems may arise. The project manager must understand how everybody contributes to the game and must keep an overview of the entire process from start to finish.
The project manager is the central point of contact for all aspects of a production, liaising with senior management, publishers, PR and marketing departments, QA, as well as the programming, design and art teams, which can include any outsourced personnel.
The role of a project manager is to oversee all aspects of the game development process and secure delivery. This includes prioritizing when production deadlines are a concern, managing risks, and planning for contingencies.
At MCGA we aim to give the students an idea of what it takes to get an overall perspective of the game development process. We will try handling a time schedule, get a sense of what it takes to collaborate with the entire team, practice communication skills, look at ways to optimize a pipeline, we will look into the marketing process and we will hear about product innovation and how to tweak the user experience. All of which will give you as a student a better idea of whether to choose this path as a career in life.