Since I work in animation for film and television, schedules are at the forefront of the frontier in which an effective team/individual MUST operate at.
That said in a world full of communication and subjectivity such as art and timing (animation) it's absolutely imperative to begin any conversation with clear expectations.
This is where a solid Gantt Chart enters.
This solves prolems before problems arise, this solves questions before the questions are available. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.