Configuring the Production Manager Module Follow
Congratulations! You've signed up to Stison's Production Manager module and now you're ready to start using your system. The following article will assume that you have logged into the module for the first time, and so these are the basic steps you must take before using it on a daily basis.
Production Manager is designed to give you immense flexibility to manage the production process of all your titles, using your own internal processes. As such, there are areas that need to be configured to allow you to use this part of the system.
In order to make the most of this module, you will need to configure your tasks, costs and schedule templates. These can all be set up with names and labels that are customised for your business. Typically, this needs to be done only in the beginning stages of using the system, however you may at some point decide to add new configurations again in the future.
To get the system ready for use, you will need to undertake the following steps, each of which you can find more information on by clicking on the title.
1. Setup the tasks and costs associated with your schedules.
2. Create your production schedule templates.
3. Add staff if you wish to assign tasks to individuals.
Adding Projects to your Production Schedule:
From here, let's assume that you are ready to start adding projects into Book Production. You can add them via two entry points: either from Title Manager (TM) if the title record exists on your system already, or from Pre Production where your editorial department will be storing information about 'future projects' that have not yet been confirmed for TM.
We will refer to the first entry point as Adding a Project to Your Schedule and to the second entry point as Moving an Idea from Pre Production to Production.
There are other optional additions that can be included:
1. Add departments to group staff together for reporting purposes.
2. Add note types to the system to allow for categorisation of notes.
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