Part 4 of a 4-part series on Project Management by contributor Annika Vaughan, MBA, PMP
Implementing project management in the creative industry comes with a set of unique challenges. More so if you have never had a dedicated project management function in your team and if your Creatives are used to running projects their own way. While alleviating stress, chaos, and disorganization, sounds like a no-brainer, people tend to find change—even if it’s positive—more stressful than dealing with the pain they have grown accustomed to. So, implementing new processes and tools, and introducing new roles to the dynamics of your team can face major resistance. Creatives tend not to embrace linear processes and confining operations. So, the last thing you want your creative talent to think is that you are trying to turn your studio into some kind of manufacturing production line by implementing project management.
Good luck with implementing project management in your team! It may be a time consuming, painful process but it will definitely pay off in the long run.
Annika works as Media Officer at the International Monetary Fund, in a project management team of an in-house agency with 40 + staff providing design, photography and video production services. Her previously held positions include TV reporter, PR manager and UN Communications Officer.
Disclaimer: The views expressed herein are those of the author and should not be attributed to the IMF, its Executive Board, or its management