January 11, 2016 -

Creative Ops: Digital Tool Ad-Hockery

Ad hockery

by Kevin Gepford

Great creative work can’t get produced without a great design team.

But success depends on a lot more than just those endpoints. It also hinges on how the great work gets produced.

I’ve always been interested in the middle part — the work-in-progress and the way the media is managed. A major facet of this is technological — what tech gets deployed, and how it’s managed, and ultimately used, by the creative team.

There are a couple of ways that a fail can happen. It might fail by neglect — by the organization ignoring the problem and doing nothing. But also, the organization might identify the needs but take the wrong action and end up with bad technology.

This post is about the first: Neglect.

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December 8, 2015 -

Creative Ops: The Problem With Task Management

Task Management

by Kevin Gepford

Within the last year Comedy Central augmented its digital workspace with two new third-party systems, one for task management system and a sister system for project management. This filled a real need; our workflow tool already let users leave notes and comments about the media, and it retained the chain of conversation around a project or asset. But it just wasn’t enough.

So here we go again — creating two more silos of information and communication. Clearly, this went against my conviction that an integration solution should be our first resort. But, a void was filled… however poorly.

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December 3, 2015 -

Creative Ops: The Sweet Spot for a Digital Hub

Sweet Spot

by Kevin Gepford

When it comes to workflow solutions, my presentations at Henry Stewart have espoused a decidedly contrarian point of view, based on my experience and a sound business case at Comedy Central.

Our creative review and approval system is built in house using Ruby on Rails, hosted by Amazon Web Services. We chose not to outsource the creativity that is so vital to our process.

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December 3, 2015 -

Creative Ops: Digital Workspaces Can Get the Last 20%

20 percent

by Kevin Gepford

It’s a big confusing world out there, with solutions offered for every possible workflow challenge. That’s why conferences like the Henry Stewart one I recently attended are so important.

Operations professionals go to find answers and to learn from case studies like mine from Comedy Central to see how other enterprises are dealing with workflow issues. (Read my other blog post about how I helped Comedy Central find its Sweet Spot.)

Attendees are trying to understand the problem space, trying to find the right answers, and hoping to meet very smart and dedicated solution providers and vendors.

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October 25, 2015 -

General Assembly: A Personal Review

General Assembly

General Assembly

by Kevin Gepford

I’m fresh off the General Assembly boat, and couldn’t feel happier about my experience.

GA offers a great array of fresh, focused career-building courses on web development (front- and back-end), user experience (UX) design, as well as iOS development, data analytics and digital marketing.

What class did I take, why did I do this, and what did I learn?

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October 25, 2015 -

Henry Stewart Knocks Again for DAM LA 2015

DAM LA 2015

by Kevin Gepford

My next public speaking engagement is just around the corner, and I can’t wait to share some of my new thoughts about building digital workspaces for creative teams.

I’ll be at the Henry Stewart DAM Conference, in Los Angeles,  Nov. 12-13, 2015.

This will be my third appearance at this conference series. Previously, I’ve spoken at the east coast event, held every May in New York.

Much of my new thinking has emerged from the Product Management intensive course I recently completed at General Assembly. This curriculum covered the entire scope of product development from concept, user surveys, wireframing, testing ideas, MVP’s, business canvases, working with developers, competitive landscape, scrum and a host of other great concepts. As a Product Manager, the entire arc of development through implementation is on your shoulders.

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