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0 comments by Overdrive on Jun 19th, 2014

What Is A Pipeline?

A pipeline exists to organize the broken down components and sub-components of project(s) and is layed out to reflect the completion status of each sub-component. Normally the pipeline may be imagined as a timeline/spectrum with one end representing 0% completion and the other 100% completion. For complex projects the pipeline may appear more complex as various portions of the project begin and end at varying times over the total development cycle. An example of a complex pipeline may be found HERE. A more simplified project pipeline may be found HERE.
Original Source: Cde.state.co.us accessed on 6/19/14.

To clarify, a pipeline is not the same as a roadmap. A roadmap is similar to a project pipeline but does not record the actual completion date/rate of project components. It merely states identifiable goals and dates to try and have the pipeline project reach 100% by.

Why Are Tracking Measurements Important?

Tracking completion of projects is important through the development cycle as it helps management to determine whether the team is on course, ahead, or tragically behind the desired development pace set forth and expressed in the design document and development schedule.

Tracking Measurement Tensions

Tracking measurements creates a natural tension between management and production workers. Specifically in the video games entertainment industry there exists a tension between managers and production workers due to the "creative" aspects of production weighed against the hard data of budget and schedule concerns. This tension may be intensified by managers misunderstanding and/or lack of understand regarding the specific task. However, the use of tracking measurements may also help to alleviate tensions by providing regular and active feedback to the production worker on where the project is currently sitting. Combined with help from management, a potent opportunity to create action plans that address any deficiencies the project team (or solo) may be experiencing can be formed and executed.

Styles of Project Tracking

There are different styles of project management that are popular in the games industry currently. The most popular set is the AGILE and/or SCRUM category. In this category of project management the team goes through cycles of development to complete the various portions of the project. I will not go into detail here, as I am not qualified to do so and other great resources exist to learn more about these. It is sufficient to say that there is not a one size-fits-all category of project tracking and management. Combined approaches must be formed and utilized typically to succeed.

Trello, The Free Tracking Alternative

Trello is a free website that allows customization to suite any individual/organization's needs in co-ordinating and tracking their projects. Multiple users may use and edit the board at the exact same time, synchronizing all other users board versions almost instantaneously. The board may be set to either a private setting, an organization only view setting, or even a public view setting. Comments and suggestions may be turned on or off. Trello is a great tool in the producer's arsenal to keep their project(s) on track and delivered on time.

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