Whiskey Business Postmortem

June 2, 2018

Whiskey Business, led by Lance Bailey, was developed start to finish in 4 weeks.  Lance started our group on this journey with only the inspiration of a single phrase, the phonetic “wiz key business.”

 

This postmortem covers Whiskey Business for the month of May.  Reflecting on our four-week journey, 8 of us had the following notes:

 

Need to Keep

  • Everyone involved in Design

    • Having someone else make decisions about the application can be nice too, but everyone having a vote made the entire dev process more interesting.

    • Brainstorming design process with poll.ly voting worked well, especially for those at home

    • The increased diversity and hands on the project helped us come up with something unique

  • Git.  It’s hard but the most elegant, stable and fastest collaborative tool.  It’s also used, in the same way we use it, by other successful indie devs.

  • Very hard problems to solve – Difficulty regulator for example – can be very compelling reasons to be involved in the group

  • Unity Hub is a helpful tool for different versions of unity

  • Art assets sent to a git expert is a viable way to work on this team, especially for those unwilling or unable to learn a new technology tool like git.

  • The group remains a great networking opportunity

 

Need to Improve

  • Put more information in Pull Requests. 

    • Solution: Having seen a good example of this, having more people put more information would be helpful for admins.  It helps organizers understand what may be incomplete and should be elevated to a new issue or bug.

  • Merge conflict with game objects and Scenes.  It is especially painful to merge scenes in Unity.

    • Solution: Always work in different scenes?

    • Possible: Use scene “cloud spaces” so we’re all using the same scene (or whatever) to develop.  Next Cloud or Dropbox could work.

  • Git push problems from certain computers or users.

    • Solution: Console expertise.  Make FAQ for console commands

  • Avoca (our local coffee shop) is hard to work at.  As our group grows, we need more space and electrical outlets.

    • Solution:  Simpli.fi as primary and The Usual (local bar) as backup when Simpli.fi is unavailable.

  • Postmortem process can be grueling (although necessary)

    • Solution: Future postmortems should be had over drinks at The Usual.

 

Challenges and Goals for the future

  • Analytics

  • Multiplayer again

  • An Unreal team

  • Tutorial workshops for engine technologies we’re working with

  • VR/AR prototype

 

 

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