“As recently as the 1990’s, only about 20% of professional work was team-based. Now it’s 80%.” – Korn Ferry
- No Smartphones
- Email adoption was low
- 28.8 kbs dial-up modems
And here were people coordinating disparate teams building and executing a strategy, managing operations, and promoting. Fairly similar to a corporation who utilizes a number of associates to help handle juggling of these tasks. But yet you would often find this entire workload handled by a young kid with limited resources.
All within a video game, it was like that meme: we are all in 1996 when they are in 3996.
Imagine managing calendars, of people who probably do not use a calendar, managing responsibilities, and a team of 14 people. Here are some of the things that fell on my plate:
- Walk throughs of maps, highlighting certain points of interest and things to be prepared for.
- Put teammates through coordinated exercises practicing nuances of certain aspects of the game.
- Organize calendars and set an agenda
- Make adjustments as seen fit based on competition
- Manage people’s feelings/emotions
- Tweak defined setup’s for optimum efficiency
- Contingency Planning
This doesn’t sound easy does it? It was a lot of work. But let me throw another monkey wrench in the whole thing, we would have to do it with CHAT, all entirely with CHAT. Corporations now have Slack we had IRC. We would be in a game making convulded binds to trying to explain situations, and time them out in a repeatable way. You would see a person going in the left ramp room, but you had to wait 5 seconds to post it so they could reasonably assume the time, and this was all coordinated.
This deserves some credit, because it was incredibly revolutionary and is the biggest thing left off your resume. Twelve year olds, learning to be army captains in a digital world, before the world became so digital. It’s really mind blowing when you put it all into perspective. Leadership was developed in a way that wouldn’t be directly relevant in the workplace for 15 years… 15 years…. Lets all take a moment to appreciate how revolutionary everything was.
Over time Roger Wilco and Mic chat become more commonplace, but it was still a lot of people with slow internet and computers trying to coordinate 12 people at a given time. Online gaming built great leaders, and they deserve appreciation.
Today: According to the New York Times 2/15/2017
“Last year, 43 percent of employed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely, according to the survey of more than 15,000 adults.”
Big shout out to the cup-o>! noodles clan
c0mmon Bebo Breeze Joe k1ndbud Dakine Shogun h3llfyr3 TwinCannon Homi Gannon and everyone else.