Diego (one of this page 'recurring visitors') sent me this link to a tutorial in CGArena about project setup and management, with some scripts for Max.
Project Setup/Management and Quality Assurance for Small Business
"This tutorial is dedicated to freelancers and technical directors in smaller companies who aren´t blessed with an alienbrain server and haven't set up Asset Tracking yet. It covers Project Setup (...) and quality assurance for a consistent production if you take some steps to heart."
The author of the tutorial, Anselm v. Seherr, is a CG freelancer (VFX, shading, texturing and compositing) for several companies.