Hello, anyone working in project management or production have any tips or tool recommendations for managing budgets and timelines? I feel like I never really learned what the best practices are. I currently work as a producer for the marketing team at a start up. How do you folks do things at the big ad agencies? Thank you!

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Hi there! You might want to search this bowl as I think there was a previous post that had a lot of helpful comments on the same topic. I use Google spreadsheets for almost everything. There’s also Airtable, Movie Magic, Showbiz, Hot Budget.

It’s less about the tool and more about being diligent and detailed in tracking everything. A spreadsheet with simple formulas is often all you need for budgets. Figure out a format that works for you and reuse it for future projects. As for timelines, nothing beats Smartsheets / Merlin / MS Project that have functions such as predecessors, holiday exceptions, Gantt charts, etc. but you can make do with a spreadsheet as well. I find the newer heavily advertised tools more gimmicky and pretty than they are functional.

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