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worst practices in project management within the television production industry

The television production industry thrives and flourishes because its practitioners use highly developed project and quality management methodologies and the production companies possess the experience, expertise, and resources required to realize projects noted for excellence and integrity. However, despite having such advantages, numerous industry projects either fail or encounter significant setbacks. The reasons causing such failures and setbacks in an industry that possesses the resources required to achieve project success revolves around the inherent complexity and difficulty in realizing television projects. This paper describes the roles of key project team members, outlines the four phases of television production, and identifies the project management practices commonly used in these phases. The purpose of this effort is to develop a list of those practices that project managers can universally recognize as Worst Practices, as those that obstruct project success, regardless of the particular indust
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