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]

Why detailed estimates are useful

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Estimating well is important because estimates form the foundations of any project plan — it affects the costing stage where you define the budget, and the scheduling stage where you plan the execution. Estimating accurately is mostly dependent on experience, but aiming to be precise is often a good start. There is less chance of… [continue]

Write it down

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I’ve noticed many people seem averse to writing things down, especially in long form (paragraphs, rather than sentence-long instant messages). Often I’m asked to “have a chat” about something which I think could have be said in writing. The reason I’ve most often heard cited for transmitting information verbally instead of in writing is that… [continue]

Not just the messenger

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One of the key responsibilities of a producer is to liaise between the project team and the client. But often, I’ve seen producers simply forward emails with feedback from the client to the team, without at all processing the request themselves. This is lazy liaising. Before any changes are passed on for execution, I would expect… [continue]

Meetings are expensive – use them wisely

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Meetings are expensive. They can swallow up many man-hours if there are many people involved (translate that into dollars using your company’s charge-out rate!), and when people’s days are peppered with meetings, it’s difficult to be productive with the fragments of time that are left. On top of that, if a meeting is unstructured and the right… [continue]