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Recommended articles on SE in game industry?

21 April 2012 - 09:27 PM


Bit of background on me as a person first. I am currently a student in Information Systems Engineering, taking a class on Systems Analysis (essentially dedicated to simply the first step in software processes). At the same time, I am interested in game design, particularly in Flash. I had joined part of a team, and the project failed spectacularly (for various reasons). Now I am looking to research into, and possibly design a process for managing game development. I've read papers (IEEE standards 830, 12207 as well as two on requirements volatility), books on requirements engineering (practice and theory) as well as the general idea of software engineering (Ian Sommerville and Kendall & Kendall). As far as game design, I have not actually yet produced a game, yes I know this is poor form, but I find tackling a game to be a large problem to begin with, and would like to have a roadmap. I am not tackling this task alone, both of my professors have offered any assistance they can give. Now onto the actual matter.

Actual Matters

I need any useful articles on designing processes (particularly ones that handle heterogenous teams) or on process metrics (is functional point analysis the only way to measure?). I am having a problem in particularly being able to quantify and identify attributes/characteristics of a processes. Could also use any UP TO DATE values on project overruns and cancellations in the game industry (somehow I assume I won't just be able to ask companies for their figures), as well as current software processes that are used (found a couple saying that XP and SCRUM were common, but the articles were old, ~2002 old). In general, my situation is poor, I assume a problem, and assume the reasons for that the problem exists. Neither is good form, as I could essentially be fixing something that doesn't need fixing.

Further, the questions I must answer are as follows (I formulated these, so they may be poor, and I would seriously appreciate any feedback on making them better and will be more than happy to clarify any matters):

Problem Definition:
  • Is there a problem in game/multimedia projects with regards to cost overruns and cancellations?
  • If so, is the problem more frequent in game projects than in other software projects, such as business or critical systems?
Problem Identification:
  • What causes project failures or cost overruns to be more common in the game industry? Are these problems commonly due to poor process support?
  • How great is the difference of success for a given process in the game industry in relation to other industries?
  • In the case that processes fail more commonly in game industries, what causes these failures?
Solution Search:
  • Can a process be designed to effectively take into account these causes, and assist in mitigating or controlling them?
  • Do solutions currently exist for these/this problem, if so, what are they?
  • How does the new process differ from previous processes?
  • How do these elements address the problems identified?
  • How can the process be bettered?
  • What old problems remain and which new ones were introduced?