At My Desk by Noémi Rouleau, Associate Producer
WHAT IS YOUR ROLE AT SQUARE ENIX MONTRÉAL?
In a nutshell, my role is to plan how the team can achieve our project deliverables and to make sure we hit them on time and on target, while also ensuring that the team is happy, healthy and have everything they need to ship amazing games.
It is a lot of talking, planning, tracking, process building, with a good dash of risk assessment and mitigation!
HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU WORKED IN THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY?
Almost 10 years, but before that, I spent 4 years on the fringes of it, as a French teacher in a game company.
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 9?
(Cue Jurassic Park theme song!)
WHAT IS PEOPLE’S BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION ABOUT YOUR ROLE?
That we don’t play games!
WHAT IS THE ONE THING ON YOUR DESK YOU COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT AND WHY?
Pretty things: a cute notebook, a pretty mug, a cute porcelain cup, flowers… it’s essential for me to work in a pleasant environment to keep my motivation high.
WHAT IS THE TYPICAL DAY OF AN ASSOCIATE PRODUCER AT Square Enix Montréal?
It always starts with a team stand-up where everyone shares what they’re up to that day and raise issues or blockers they might have.
Then, I usually have quite a few meetings on varied topics, from one on ones to Customer support sync. In between meetings, I will follow up on Slack threads to get an idea of where we are on our current milestone. Sometimes a bit of firefighting is needed, to address urgent topics or issues that arise.
And I try to keep a bit of time every day to work on more long-term topics, to improve how we work or to plan our next milestone.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU DO IN THE MORNING BEFORE TURNING ON YOUR COMPUTER?
Give my cat a few belly rubs.
WHAT TOP 3 SKILLS DOES IT TAKE TO BE GOOD AT YOUR JOB?
I believe there are many ways to be a good manager or leader but for me these are key, no matter what shape they take:
- Being highly organized – This is especially important for GAAS games, as juggling production and live operations mean going from macro to micro topics regularly.
- Good communications – Being able to vary your communication style based on your audience is very important. Frequent and efficient communications are key, especially in WFH!
- Strong emotional intelligence - Empathy, humility and kindness are essential.
HOW WOULD YOU RATE YOUR COFFEE MAKING SKILLS?
Pretty decent, but I use a French press, so I don’t really have any merit, really!
SWEATPANTS WHILE WORKING REMOTE. YAY OR NAY?
A resounding yay! We are living, working and, for some, raising kids during a global pandemic: if dressing in cozy clothes is a way for you to show yourself kindness, go for it. Big fan of the sweater dress too (aka secret pajamas).