How to Get Started Managing Creative Teams

In Chapter 2 of 16 in her 2012 interview, author and food writer Cathy Erway answers "How are You Learning to Better Manage Creative Projects?"  Erway shares how her projects now involve larger teams and what she has learned about the role effective communication plays in successful project team efforts. 

Cathy Erway is an author and food writer living in Brooklyn.  Her first book, "The Art of Eating In" developed from her blog "Not Eating Out in New York".  She earned a BA in creative writing from Emerson College.


Erik Michielsen:  How are you learning to better manage creative projects?

Cathy Erway:  You know what? That's something that I like to compartmentalize because I have a lot of different creative projects. And when somebody else is depending on me, then I realize that there really needs to be better management here, not just my own, like things that I have on the back burner, right?

So, when there's other people involved, I feel like an order must be established. So first you have to define the roles--or maybe you define the goal, figure out who's doing what, then keep communicating with each other, because I feel like a lot of times you forget to mention some aspect of what you're doing and then there's overlap... So I feel like communication is really, really, really key and I've been in situations where there wasn't enough and, it's like, "Why?" I mean, if you can just, if you have the time to do something and just -- I don't know, just keep whoever's involved in the loop, why not? It never hurts to over-tell something.