General Guidelines for the Production Process
Presentation processing techniques are as important as idea generation or iterating for tone. The way a presentation is processed can mean the difference between hitting a deadline or not. There are a few simple and smart guidelines to employ when going into a production process:
- Assign a production process gatekeeper to avoid double masters
- Ensure that you have input at the right times during the process
- Create templates before going into production
- Backward schedule from deadline so that you're sure to incorporate all the important presentation reviews and checkpoints for the process
- Single and double proofing the document during the process: know when to do each
- Develop a style sheet and agree on a reference source authority
- Schedule a kick-off meeting before production begins
- Schedule a postmortem to identify areas for improvement and bring the effectiveness of the team to a higher level for the next process.
Look for a best practice for each of these guidelines. Bring your team to peak performance by creating a proactive environment instead of a reactive one.