Editing and processing documents and material, whether that is written, visual, or video, can be stressful 🤯 Even though it’s a big part of a lot of creative roles, there is massive potential for things to become tricky.
Giving good feedback on work means having a thoughtful feedback workflow, which means looking closer at the processes and people involved in giving and receiving feedback.
Some of the things that can make editing and feedback hard:
- 🤔 Unclear roles: who is commenting & editing on what
- 🔗 Version control: FINAL VERSION V3
- 🚨 Deadlines: all at once in a rush, or unclear deadlines on what is needed and when and by whom
- 💡 Lack of workflow and processes: editing and feedback happening in a chaotic, unaligned way.
How can you make feedback better?
- Limit the number of people involved in feedback rounds, or break feedback rounds into smaller ones.
- Interrogate the tools and apps your are using for feedback: are they working for you?
- Be very wary about throwing around ‘quick’ feedback on Slack. In general, feedback should be done in a focused and peaceful way wherever possible.
- Recognise people politics and chemistries: they can significantly impact the feedback process.
- Make sure there is a bridge (a shared language) between the person giving and receiving feedback.