Step 7 – Problem solving

Flexibility, decision-making, revisions.

Okay, so you’ve done nine things right, but you blow it on number 10. And what do people remember? The bomb on number 10, of course!

Troubleshooting should always be considered during any project. You can always try to avoid problems, but they do have a way of sneaking up on you at times you least expect.

So forget the escape hatch and the plan to hide somewhere. Face your problems objectively. Again, the producer can be the authority to steer the project in this area.

Thinking well, a quick response, emergency meetings, honesty with the team, getting the right people to help out, asking for suggestions from those who can give quality assistance – all of these come to play at this stage.

Remember that as corrections are made and direction is given, keep the group’s spirit alive and keep everyone motivated. Remember that you are one team.

Creative problem-solving

This comes in handy when there are scheduling dilemmas, bogged down instruments and workstations, missing files, internal arguments, and such. Problems are solved by getting your facts straight, then defining what the outcome should be. What is the main obstacle preventing the solution from happening? What are the alternative ways to achieve a solution? Keep calm and stay creative.

Projects tend to change and morph as you go along. Oftentimes, they do not go exactly as planned. Sometimes, everything goes the opposite direction. Change is inevitable and being able to manage it is key to keeping the project alive.

In case of changes, you must be able to update your plans and schedules. Keep everything current – from your calendar, tasks, workflow, budget and people.

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