Here at d2, we have a small, focused, close knit production team working on a number of projects that range in timescales from days, weeks and even months. Managing and planning all of this is a very fluid process due to project holdups, support requests, mid project change requests and new work requirements.
In the years I have worked at d2, we have used a number of different solutions, in both software/hardware and people, to try and create a smooth process for studio management.
So back when I started working at d2, Microsoft Project was in use to manage the work flow of the studio. We used Project to break down tasks into actual units of work, chain work dependences, assign resources and calculate time allocations which all sounds impressive but in reality was a manager’s worst nightmare. The issues we found were:
We later moved to a set of whiteboards and for a time these were fantastic:
Over time a number of disadvantages started to appear:
I cannot remember how we came across Teamweek, but after having the team look over it we came to the instant decision to start using it. We gained a lot of benefits:
Our team love it so much that this happened: