How to learn from retrospectives

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Having a retrospective (AKA wash-up, post mortem) at the end of a project is a good way to learn from your experience as a project team, to examine what went well, what didn’t go well, what could’ve been done differently in hindsight. There is a fine balance in the discussions that form a retrospective —… [continue]

Accountability for estimates

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Sometime early on in my career as a producer, I remember seeing a designer argue with another producer. The producer was briefing in some work, saying there were two days to complete it. The designer thought it was unreasonable — it was more like a four- or five-day job — and asked who estimated the work…. [continue]

Know when to panic

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I think it’s a common misconception that good producers don’t panic. When you are trying to push for the best work possible, you will always be treading the fine line between success and failure, and it’s normal for there to be moments of panic. However, good producers know the right times to panic. The right… [continue]