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Covid-19 and KSP 2

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Do you think that the current coronavirus crisis will affect the development of KSP 2 ?

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Unlikely, I imagine they can all work from home if needed.

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ok, question answered, Move On!

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although they could get THE ILLNESS!

 

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Yeah, but I suppose that developing a game needs an extreme level of cooperation between the developers. I don't think that they will be as productive at home as if they were at the office.

5 minutes ago, MechBFP said:

Unlikely, I imagine they can all work from home if needed.

 

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Online conferences are a thing. File sharing too. Remote desktops. Githubs of sort. Trello? All they'd miss would be face-to-face communication (in today's case potentially dangerous). It's software development, not retail.

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The company that makes GitLab has like a 95% work-from-home roster, full time. Lots of tech companies are moving in that direction too, even before COVID-19. Now, a game is inherently more of a group collaborative effort than some other kinds of software, where you can more easily subdivide it into parts and work independently. But there are also lots more online collaboration tools these days.

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Barring individuals getting ill and being unable to work (which is always a possibilty anyway, current nasty virus or not) I doubt any impact will be noticeable.  As has been said, they will most likely be able to organise working from home if needed, if they haven't already got that facility anyway.  And, yes, being able just turn your chair and have imprompu discussions and look at colleagues' screens can be a real benefit, but not a huge deal if you can't.

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I thought your average developer type hated co-operation and would take any excuse offered to go to their cave and write code without disruption. 

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The impact should be minimal unless the dev team is composed entirely of 80-year-old smoking diabetics with heart disease.

Productivity will take a short-term hit due to lack of face-to-face meetings and some people are simply unproductive working from home, but I would anticipate less than a week of overall development lost.

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I believe Covid-19 is going to affect everything.


Happy landings!

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12 minutes ago, Starman4308 said:

some people are simply unproductive working from home

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Busy playing KSP instead of coding for KSP2.

Sorry, did I expose anyone?

 

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1 hour ago, mattinoz said:

I thought your average developer type hated co-operation and would take any excuse offered to go to their cave and write code without disruption. 

That's mostly junior level devs who think they know everything. The senior levels who hate working with people go find or create a startup where they can build whatever they want by themselves. Most of us eventually come to understand that everyone has their specific strengths and weaknesses, and a certain amount of collaboration is a good thing. And like I said before, games are generally more "tightly bound" systems than other software, meaning that each part depends on the others to a greater degree. When a team of devs can't work together well, the game suffers.

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4 hours ago, Cleperli said:

Yeah, but I suppose that developing a game needs an extreme level of cooperation between the developers. I don't think that they will be as productive at home as if they were at the office.

If they're anything like the programmers I know they do web meetings from their desks whenever they can anyway. I'd rather send a chat message to the guy sitting next to me than talk to him. When I talk to him, I don't have a record of what we said to refer to later.

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37 minutes ago, Xd the great said:
50 minutes ago, Starman4308 said:

some people are simply unproductive working from home

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Busy playing KSP instead of coding for KSP2.

Sorry, did I expose anyone?

 

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10 hours ago, Cleperli said:

ah, but I suppose that developing a game needs an extreme level of cooperation between the developers. I don't think that they will be as productive at home as if they were at the office.

Depends on the company culture. It's totally possible to cooperate extremely closely while telecommuting. I do it all the time, in fact I'm in a different country than most of my colleagues.

It does need a company culture where everybody knows how it works, as well as infrastructure to support it. The good news is that collaborative software development infrastructure already has a lot of it built in, and a lot of it is generally available. We use the Atlassian tool set (Bitbucket, Confluence, Jira, Bamboo), Slack for IM, and Google Docs and Hangouts for general stuff. 

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The developers should do their moral duty and release the game in early access this coming week to encourage more people to self quarantine.

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Probably not, the internet provides a lot of infrastructure for stuff like this to the point that you don't necessarily need to be in the same place to communicate ideas and actually perform a job. You got pretty much everything you need at your fingertips. Look at me, I haven't be outside my home or had contact with another person in 8 years :D!

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I think we have bigger issues than KSP2 being delayed because of this. 

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37 minutes ago, dave1904 said:

I think we have bigger issues than KSP2 being delayed because of this. 

Wrong, this is the biggest issue that can be caused by Covid-19, I NEED MY GAME!

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Those folks are based in Washington State. Very possibly they now have children at home from school as well or elderly relatives they need to worry about.  I'm not sure how productive I would be in those circumstances.

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this whole thread and posts are nothing more than a "big guess" and assumptions. You guys have no clue what why or how. Another worthless KSP 2 thread

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Maybe it's wise to buy and send them enough potatoes and toilet paper to keep them working instead of shopping.

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19 hours ago, Dirkidirk said:

Wrong, this is the biggest issue that can be caused by Covid-19, I NEED MY GAME!

I don't know about that.  I didn't lose any sleep over the NBA cancelling stuff, but then I saw that Formula 1 cancelled the Aussie Grand Prix and thought "OMG, they need to find a vaccine ASAP!!!!!"

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1 hour ago, Redneck said:

this whole thread and posts are nothing more than a "big guess" and assumptions. 

Correct. 

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