No layers of management and oversight, just a group of trusted directors who exchange ideas:
“In contrast to the standard studio model, in which multiple levels of oversight exist above a director, Catmull [Pixar’s co-founder] described Pixar’s “brain trust,” a group of trusted directors who meet to exchange ideas on projects, which exists only to provide suggestions for how a project can be improved. The director of the project ultimately has final say.”
Create teams of people who work well together:
“Our development team doesn’t look for stories,” Catmull said. “Their job is to create teams of people that work well together.”
Be creative, take risks:
“Fail early, fail often and learn fast,” Catmull said.
“We realized that having lower standards for something is bad for your soul.”