Monday, March 15, 2010

how pixar does it

I while back I watched a great lecture by Ed Catmull about how Pixar fosters creativity and manages crises, I made the following notes (which I'm putting up here so I can reclaim some space on my whiteboard):

  • Have constant review (Pixar has them daily)
  • It must be safe for people to tell the truth
  • Communication should not mirror the org structure
  • People and how they function is more important than ideas
  • Don't let success mask problems -- do a deep, honest assessment

There are several more pearls of wisdom in the video, many of which are also available in the How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity pdf.

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