Seattle—July 13, 2010—LiquidPlanner, online project management for today’s collaborative teams, today announced the release of version 2.5, which includes dozens of new features and enhancements that aim to help teams—and the individuals who manage teams—work more collaboratively with one another. In the two years since releasing its commercial service, LiquidPlanner has attracted hundreds of corporate customers and thousands of professional users. Today’s release includes features that aim to help project leaders understand their project plans at a higher level while providing individual team members with a smarter, more integrated way to manage their workload. LiquidPlanner will be introducing version 3.0 in the first quarter of 2011.
“All of the new enhancements being announced in today’s release are based directly on feedback from our growing customer base who have taken an active role in defining our product roadmap,” said Charles Seybold, co-founder and CEO of LiquidPlanner. “We’re always trying to balance the needs of individual team members who just want a simple and straightforward way to manage their tasks and the project manager who needs a more advanced toolset to meet their project objectives. This new version provides something for everyone and demonstrates that it is indeed possible to deliver streamlined design without compromising on capabilities.”
LiquidPlanner is the first and only online project management service that integrates advanced project management features, including ranged estimates and probabilistic scheduling, with deep collaboration capabilities. For individuals on a team, LiquidPlanner was designed to present a streamlined view of their tasks while providing a central place to work with team members on shared projects. For project leaders, LiquidPlanner provides a complete set of reporting and analytical tools to help them manage their resources and schedule in the most efficient manner possible.
Version 2.5 of LiquidPlanner includes enhancements for both project leaders and individual team members. For project leaders, these features include:
- Critical Path Highlighting: As projects grow in complexity, it can be challenging for teams to visualize all of the critical inter-dependencies that must be completed for a project to meet its deadline. Critical Path Highlighting is a one-click navigational tool that helps teams quickly identify all of the vital tasks in a schedule and show how they’re dependent upon one another;
- Workload Analysis: A new reporting view, Workload Analysis provides project leaders with a bird’s eye view of their team’s scheduled work. The Workload Analysis report allows users to examine resource allocations for a particular project or for an entire portfolio of projects on a single screen;
- Estimation History: LiquidPlanner archives every single estimate entered in a schedule. The new Estimation History report provides an at-a-glance view of how individuals mark progress and re-estimate their tasks over time, giving new insight into their estimation accuracy.
For individual team members, some of the highlights of version 2.5 include:
- One-Click Task Timers: Many professional service organizations and agencies require rigorous time tracking. With one-click timers, LiquidPlanner users simply click on the icon next to each task to start and stop the timer, allowing them to capture time spent with perfect accuracy. The recorded time can then be quickly entered directly onto their timesheet.
- Calendar View & Integration: The new calendar view plots a user’s tasks directly on their calendar. Individuals can also easily integrate their scheduled LiquidPlanner tasks with their secure personal event calendars, creating a single view of their work schedule.
- Email Integration: It’s now easier than ever to input new tasks into LiquidPlanner. Users can simply forward email threads to a secure LiquidPlanner email address and automatically create, estimate, and assign tasks to themselves or other team members. Collaboration gets a boost, too, since comments on specific tasks or projects can be replied to directly from email, without ever having to go to the browser.
LiquidPlanner was founded in 2006 by Charles Seybold and Jason Carlson, former senior managers at Expedia.com. LiquidPlanner was born from their vision to create a new online project management paradigm, one that helps teams manage complex projects in an ever-changing business landscape. Built on a patent-pending scheduling engine, LiquidPlanner was designed to be flexible, intuitive, and smart enough to support fast-moving teams of all sizes and structures. The company is privately held and headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. More information can be found at www.liquidplanner.com