During the SIGGRAPH 2018 BOF "Emphasizing Empathy in Pipeline Project Management," group consensus stated that highly effective project management can only be achieved when emphasis is placed on demonstrated empathy for any and all project contributors at the project management level and when challenges are framed as opportunities to enhance both the team and the project manager’s own emotional intelligence. The reality faced in the industry, however, can present unique challenges, specifically relating to toxic cultural folkways, lack of leadership support, and lack of designated monetary resources. Based on subsequent discussions borne from the initial presentation with industry professionals and team leaders, it seems imperative to address not only the theories of Emotional Intelligence in greater depth, but also to acknowledge the potential obstacles in applying this basic theory in the real world.
A specific concern to address is that middle-tier management, specifically those in project management type roles, for whom budget allocation is given and not guaranteed – want to improve their team environment, they are often not granted a financial allotment to do so most effectively for their specific teams. This talk aims to illuminate opportunities for individual production professionals to make effective changes pertaining to their management and communication styles to affect positive change in their work environment, increase employee morale, and build community, barring financial allotment, to the overall benefit of their team members and their project health.
This talk will be supplemented by a Birds of a Feather session:
Implementing Empathy in Project Management: A Supplementary Discussion: Tuesday July 30, 2019: 2:30-3:30PM - Room 507, LACC
Other suggested sessions:
Massive Collaborative Animation Projects - (Dr. William Joel) - Tuesday, 30 July 2019 10:30am - 12pm, ACM SIGGRAPH Theater, Room 309
3rd Annual Bridging the Gap, SIGGRAPH 2019: Disciplined Render Practices from On-prem to Cloud - (Joe & Johanna D'Amato) - VFX/Anim Production Scheduling & Software Dev/Rollout - Open Discussion - Tuesday, 30 July 2019 12pm - 1pm, Room TBD, LACC - www.jdamato.com/siggraph