3 of the Longest Construction Projects in History

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Think your project is taking foreeever? On this Friday after tax day we breathe deeply and dig into the vaults of history for some perspective. And guess what—we found some projects that really did take for-freakin’-ever. Historical, unfathomable, magnificent. These monuments were built with no project management software. No Gantt charts, scheduling methodologies or scrum …Continue reading »

5 Methods of Project Estimation

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Estimating projects is hard. Why? Because the only time you know precisely how long it takes to complete a project is when it’s done. Up to the point of delivery, teams use educated guesswork to predict the future. And the bigger and more complex a project is, the hazier that future is. Faulty estimates mean …Continue reading »

5 Considerations for Managing Large IT Projects

If you’re embarking on a large technology project, there’s a lot at stake. IT projects are technically challenging and can easily go on for more than 10 or 12 months. Team members are highly specialized and are often spread between different locations and across time zones. According to a McKinsey & Company article, “Delivering large-scale …Continue reading »

Advice for the First-Time IT Project Manager

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Are you an IT professional who was just given the opportunity to move into a project management role? You’re not alone. In many organizations, this is the logical next step on the career path. While this transition from a purely technical role to a manager of a team/project can seem daunting, we’ve got a few …Continue reading »

Share Your Story: How Kiefaber & Oliva LLP Increased Turn-Around Time and Improved Future Planning

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We have the most amazing customers. They number in the thousands, span the globe and do state-of-the-art work in a variety of industries, always on the cutting edge. To hear more of their success stories, and how they manage projects using LiquidPlanner, we started Share Your Story—a place where customers like you can quickly and …Continue reading »

5 “Game of Thrones” Lessons for Project Managers

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Winter is coming ladies and gentlemen. Winter is coming! In just a few short days, the twisted plots, betrayals and subterfuge across the Seven Kingdoms will unfold in the fifth Game of Thrones season. If you’re a fellow GoT fan, you’re well aware of the political and strategic anglings that make the show so addictive. …Continue reading »

6 Essential Skills for Project Managers

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Years ago I was in Brazil managing the installation of a monitoring system for a large construction project. As I told the chief electrician how a piece of equipment was to be mounted, he raised his eyebrows and said: “You’re the boss.” I knew what was happening: Because I was the project manager, the chief …Continue reading »

How to Spend the First Hour of Your Workday

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Some years ago, after I ran an abysmal half marathon, I learned an important lesson. While it’s important to pace yourself, if you go out too slowly (or in my case sluggishly), that’s the tone you set for the rest of your race. Work days are very much the same: The note on which you …Continue reading »

A Hitchhikers Guide to Project Management: Aligning Strategic Priorities

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In the comic sci-fi classic “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams, a group of hyper- intelligent beings demand to learn the answer to the ultimate question of “life, the universe, and everything” from the supercomputer Deep Thought. After pondering this question for some seven and a half million years, Deep Thought spits out …Continue reading »

How Do Project Managers Use Agile? A Software Advice Report

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Is Agile project management really the new wave of how organizations will manage their projects? There’s no doubt that Agile is being heralded as a more effective way for teams across industries to manage fast-moving projects. But digging deeper into this reality is a recent survey conducted by Software Advice that asked project managers about …Continue reading »