Sushama Chakraverty

Team Lead Programmer for Ubisoft Toronto

Sushama has been with Ubisoft since late 2008 in Montreal and then in Toronto since 2010. While with Ubisoft, she has worked on games in the Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell series. She is currently Team Lead Programmer working in stealth mode on an unannounced project. She started her career in game development in 2002, as an intern at Infogrames (formerly Microprose). Prior to Ubisoft, she has worked on titles such as Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes and Playboy: The Mansion, which she still counts as one of the most fun and rewarding (yes, really!) projects of her career.
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County where she earned a Masters in Computer Science.

Talk Description:

You’re in charge now! – Personal experience to help new leads navigate unfamiliar waters

You have spent years developing your skillset to become an expert in your field. When an opportunity presents itself to move out of your comfort zone to take on a new leadership role that involves managing people, it can be daunting. Would you choose to lead and manage? Or would you prefer to stay more technical and hands-on? Should you choose the former, you need new skills and new expertise to make the transition successfully. The dynamism of the video game industry makes this particularly stressful for new leads. The speaker, Sushama Chakraverty, has worked on many programming teams and with different managers and leads throughout her career, before taking on the challenge to become a lead and manager herself. Her talk will draw on key learnings from her experience to provide insights to help with your choice, and provide tips that you can take with you as you grow in your new role.

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