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Tracking Progress

Pipelines and charts for tracking progress must be flexible. When a tracking chart is created using Excel spreadsheets or Gantt charts, it should include milestones, which are the deadlines. These deadlines are taken seriously in the industry. When one is missed, it tends to create a domino effect, causing other divisions in the production to get behind in their work; it can trigger further missed deadlines, and could lead to the cancellation or failure of a project.

The flowchart or production chart is usually created and managed by the producer and the production staff. Some discipline leaders, such as the art or audio director, may create additional flowcharts that show the details of tasks that are specifically related to their departments. Producers use these charts to track and predict the game's progress through production. Missed deadlines can be spotted quickly and then acted on. Failure at this level could lead to the dismissal of the producer.


  

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