Judy Nollet
White Plume Communications

writer, instructional designer, eLearning developer

Practicing the 6 P's

All these years after graduating from Northwestern University, there's still one lecture item I recall verbatim. That's the "rule of six P's" I learned from one of my video professors: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Productions.

His point was that the effort exerted before recording day in the studio would make that day go more smoothly and result in a better program.

The six P's served me well in that class and throughout my career. They don't apply just to video, but to, well, to every project. And the bigger the project, the more vital those first three P's become.

Unfortunately, we've all seen examples where lack of planning meant some work had to be redone, deadlines were hard to meet, and/or the final product wasn't as good as it could have been.

As the saying goes, "If you don't have time to do it right the first time, how will you find the time to fix it?"

Time spent planning saves "fixing" time later. So when you start a new project, remember the rule of six P's. It leads to another P: Praise for a job well done.

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