Do you know situations like this? I do and i asked myself: is this just a human characteristic do not have long sight. I guess the answer is YES.
Do you know "workflows" which feels like walking through slime where you have to click 20 buttons or press 10 keys to reach a hidden debug menu to test something - over and over again, because you finished an asset and have to test it ingame? You want to see if the "laydown to bed" animation but the NPC isn't laying down for some reason? Or you want to see bounding boxes but if you activate the debug option you can only see lines and lines because every object has its bbox showing nox?
I asked myself: i this just common? Why doesn't people see that investing time into good tools and avoid hacks helps to save time in the long run? If you have no idea what i'm talking about: be happy
I guess the most given answer would be: there was no time and no money. We had to do this fast!
Being in such a situation can make depressive. But it helps to stay around in the kitchen and flame with colleagues about the bad tools
But what i really don't like: you go to a co-worker which shared your opinion that it would better to improve the current worklfow, ask him to do these or that to save some clicks and get an answer like in the "cartoon" above.
The same people which are swearing about stuff, sometimes aren't willing to invest some time to make it better. Hm...maybe also an human characteristic
I saw that stuff sometimes: all are complaining about that there is no documentation. But when someone created one, nobody used it.
I'm an artist and i like doing art more than documents, but when i see a chance to improve my or others workflow, i do something. I write Maxscripts to make the 3Ds Max work more fast or create overviews over all art assets to make sure we are walking about the same "stone with this little green thingie above". Or i create testing areas where features can be tested separately to check if something is broken. I see a big speed boost mostly for the whole team when i'm doing things like that just by avoding missunderstandings.
But sometimes i think i'm alone. But one thing i believe: it's not the management, missing money or time - it's just you. If not every single person takes responsibility to convert workslime into workflow nothing will happen. But if they do, it will create a speed and motivation boost.
Thanks for reading - now tell me. What do you think about? How do you solve problems like this in your companies?