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Project Management for Musicians

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
What Is Project Management
Objectives
Introduction To Project Management
Project Index
A Musician’s Project
Initiating
Planning
Execution, With Monitoring And Controlling
Closing
The Project Manager’s Function
The Triple Constraint
Tasks/activities, Projects, Programs
Structures, Concepts, And Tools
Project Managers Vs. Musicians
Using Project Management
The Project Team/community
Project Manager
Project Sponsor
Content Visionary
Supervisors And Administrators
Content Team
Other Stakeholders
Project Manager’s Role
Vision/project Manager Relationships
Choosing A Project Lifecycle Model
Types Of Lifecycle Model
Phases Of Lifecycle
Risks Of Insufficient Management
Your Path As A Project Manager
Five Levels Of Capability
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Vision and Scope
Objectives
Vision
Choosing A Project
Acceptance Criteria
Pick Charts
Portfolio Evaluation
Clarifying The Vision
Definition
Title
Short Definition
Objectives
Project Scope Statement
Project Definition
Deliverables
Acceptance Criteria
Exclusions
Constraints
Assumptions
Dependencies
Stakeholder List
Version Control
Micro Implementations
References
Mock-Ups
Proofs Of Concept
Minimum Viable Product
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Understanding the Work
Objectives
Working Documents
Work Breakdown Structures
Wbs Formats
Wbs Code Numbers
Wbs Evolution
Wbs Best Practices
Wbs Rendered As Text
Imagining The Work
Deconstructing Text
Step-by-Step Modeling
Content And Action Breakdowns
Content Breakdowns
Action Breakdowns/task Lists
Tasks In Software Wbss
Wbs Dictionary
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Finances
Objectives
Project Accounting Overview
Transaction Registers
Summaries
Reports
Budgets
How To Estimate
Income
Preliminary Budget Report
Reducing Expenses
Breaking Even
Financial Contingencies
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Time
Objectives
Estimating Duration
Refining Time Estimates
Pert: Program Evaluation Review Technique
Delphi
Compressing Time
Gantt Charts
Concurrency
Network Diagrams
Dependencies
Using Scheduling Charts
Critical Paths
Time Reduction Strategies
Calculating Slack
Events And Milestones
Closing Thoughts
Practice
The Project Team
Objectives
Roles
Delegating
Assigning Resources
Contingencies
Drilling Down Into Tasks
Coordinating Groups
Network Diagrams For Group Assignments
Time Fragments
Criteria For Assigning Tasks
Analyzing Work For Required Skills
Hiring
Stages Of The Hiring Process
Job Descriptions/want Ads
Tests
Interviews
Auditions
Rating Auditions
References
Stakeholders In Scope Statement
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Risk Management
Objectives
Risks And Issues
Is Risk Planning Worth It?
Reasons For Risks
Life Happens
Risk Management Plan
Identifying And Quantifying Risks
Risk Breakdown Structure
Information Gathering
Communicating About Risk
Ways To Mitigate Risk
Risk Responses
Risks Of Problems
Risks Of Opportunities
Some Music-Specific Techniques
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Contracts, Copyrights, Tax Forms, Insurance, and Other Existential Delights
Objectives
Contracts And Letters Of Agreement
Some Types Of Music-Related Contracts
P.s. I Loa Mou
Do You Need A Lawyer? Or An Accountant?
When Do You Need A Contract?
Copyrights, Royalties, And Registrations
Intellectual Property Protection
Product Codes
Clearance And Permissions
Insurance
Taxes
Invoices
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Execution
Objectives
What Happens During Execution
Transitioning From Planning To Execution
Content Creation In Context
Assemble Your Project Plan
Delegating The Work
Assigning Tasks
Formal Task Acceptance
Kickoff Meeting
Monitoring And Controlling Progress
Reporting
Data Gathering
Updating The Schedule: Jogging Line And Bcf Analysis
Trend Analysis
Burndown Charts
Control
Meetings
Special Types Of Meetings
Making Meetings Better
Meeting Checklist
Agendas
Advance Packets, Minutes, Work Assignments, And Follow-Ups
Production Documents
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Managing Workflow
Objectives
The Cost Of Interruptions
The Flow Of Stuff
Chaos
Ideal Locations
Systems
Office Organization
Workspaces
Inbox
File Cabinet
Desk
Other Office Elements
Storage Cabinets And Containers
Trash/recycling
Chair
Briefcase/bag
Notebook/clipboard
Bookshelves
Outbox
Desklike Objects
Processing Stuff
Lifecycle Of A Thing
Some Examples
Data Files, Email, Voicemail
Processing Objects And Vanquishing Vampires
Disposal Strategies
Huge Messes
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Vampire Analysis And Removal Matrix
Organization Project
Creativity and Problem Solving
Objectives
Putting Creativity To Work
Problem-Solving Systems And Tools
Problem Identification
Five Whys
Solution Generation
The 6-3-5 Method
Scamper
Forced Connections
Cause And Effect Diagramming
Mind Mapping
Snapshots
Excursions
Solution Evaluation And Refinement
How To Analyze A Matrix
Implementation
Launching The Solution
Organizing Solutions
Rules And Procedures Handbook
Faq Development
Closure
Objectives
Confirmation Of Deliverables: Punch Lists
Assessing Success
Maintaining Institutional Memory
Templates
Databases
Archiving
Finalizing Paperwork
Stakeholder Notifications
Distributing Completed Products
Resource Release
Maintaining Relationships
Acknowledgments
Reusability Analysis
Project Destiny
What’s Your Next Project?
Elliot Scheiner Talks About James Brown
The James Brown Session
Closing Thoughts
Practice
Appendix A - Scope Statement Sample: Emily's EP
Project Title Version/date
Summary
Objectives
Deliverables
Acceptance Criteria
Exclusions
Constraints
Assumptions
Dependencies
Stakeholders
Appendix B - Recommended Reading
About the Author

Get organized, and take charge of your music projects! This book will help you harness your creativity into clear visions and effective work plans.

Whether you are producing a recording, going on tour, developing a studio, launching a business, running a marketing campaign, creating a music curriculum, or any other project in the music industry, these road-tested strategies will help you to succeed.

Music projects come in all sizes, budgets, and levels of complexity, but for any project, setting up a process for planning, executing, and monitoring your work is crucial in achieving your goals.

This book will help you clarify your vision and understand the work required to complete it on time, within budget, and to your highest possible quality standard.

It is a comprehensive approach, with hundreds of music industry-specific tools for keeping your work on track, mitigating risk, and reducing stress, so that you can complete your project successfully.

You will learn to: develop work strategies; delegate tasks; build and manage teams; organize your project office; develop production schedules; understand and organize contracts; analyze risk; and much more.

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Keith123
Submitted 8 months ago

Interesting angle for musicians

It's good to be aware and focused on what you're trying to achieve with your music projects. This book helps put everything in context and gives you a chance to see the whole picture. Very useful information.

I am a: Professional, Musician

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Project Management for Musicians is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1 .
Rated 3.5 out of 5 by from Interesting angle for musicians It's good to be aware and focused on what you're trying to achieve with your music projects. This book helps put everything in context and gives you a chance to see the whole picture. Very useful information.
Date published: 2019-03-07
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