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4 Tips to Keep Your Project Costs in Check

Perhaps you’ve had those moments when you’re pulling together some budget information, and crunching some numbers from lots of Excel spreadsheets and emails, and your palms start to get a little sweaty. Which project costs did you miss? It’s been a while since you’ve gotten a progress report from the team – are there any

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5 Resource Planning Tips for Project Managers

Anyone that manages a team knows that organization and an efficient workflow are critical to effectively allocating your talent, meeting deadlines, and getting everything done on time and under budget. The problem is that most employees and team members spend much of their time in meetings, answering emails, and getting stuck on various other distractions...

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Five Favorite Dashboards from LiquidPlanner!

As LiquidPlanner employees, we are all pretty well versed in our product (we have to be!). In working with over 1200 customers, each of us has a favorite Dashboard that brings tremendous value to the teams we speak with. Here are five favorite Dashboards from some of our team members that stand out.   1....

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Why Everyone in the Workplace Needs Project Management Skills

In the business world, where processes are becoming more technically sophisticated, lead times for product development are getting shorter, and work is becoming increasingly cross-functional, it’s no real surprise that demand for sound project management skills is on the rise, and not just from the dedicated project management team. “The need for high caliber project...

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How to Use Agile Project Management to Deliver Results Every Time

Imagine you are remodeling your kitchen. You submit your design to your contractor, and in a couple of months of planning and hard work, you have a remodeled kitchen. But after a week of using this kitchen, you decide that you want more drawers. To remove a cupboard and replace it with drawers at this...

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Top Tips for Keeping Your Workspace Tidy Going Into the New Year

This article isn’t going to be a recommendation that you take on the same sort of endeavor as our Simple Tips for Refreshing Your Workspace blog. As we start hunkering down and getting ready for the winter, my recommendation is to take a more low-key approach to workplace hygiene. The following tips aren’t meant to...

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Ask A PM: How Do I Feel More Confident When I Don’t Understand the Project?

“Dear Elizabeth: I’m working on a project with subject matter experts, but I don’t understand the subject. I can’t always follow the discussions; I find it hard to challenge, let alone help the team overcome objections. I don’t feel like I am adding much value. What can I do to be useful when I can’t...

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Making The Changes Necessary To Become A Brilliant Project Manager

The role of a project manager is both a coveted and feared position. On the one hand, it’s easy to see that being a project manager gives you an excellent opportunity to be at the center of things and to be directly responsible for a project coming to life. The fear is somewhat along the...

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5 Tips on How to Deal with Challenging Stakeholders

It is rare to find a project that doesn’t have difficult or challenging stakeholders.  Teams form, storm, normalize, and eventually reach the performing stage. Before teams can normalize and perform, the team will storm as different points of view impact the project’s direction. Challenging stakeholders and demanding customers are part of a project manager’s day...

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Team Building Activities to Enhance Your Company Culture

Team building activities can be an enjoyable part of workplace culture. They can also build meaningful bonds that help teams excel even more in their collaborative projects. Here are some ideas that can help you grow your company culture with group activities. Mixing Fun and Purpose Since the goal of team building activities is to...

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Be the Eye of the Hurricane – Navigating a Project Storm

Sometimes managing a project can feel like you’re in the midst of a hurricane, where chaos dominates and screaming is your only hope of communication. It’s a commonly held belief that the center of a hurricane—the eye—is perfectly calm. So while your project might suddenly become a raging storm of epic proportions, your best course...

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Ask A PM: How to Convince My Team to Use Time Tracking

Dear Elizabeth: I’m trying to implement time tracking with my team. The most difficult aspect is changing people’s perception and getting buy in to do the timesheets. In the past, managing and reporting time was never required, but our company has moved on in project management maturity and in the work we do. Now we...

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Seven Future Trends in Project Management

In this milestone 50th year for the Project Management Institute it’s natural to want to look back at the significant trends have shaped the project management profession over the last five decades, namely globalization of the discipline, and the explosion of methods, techniques and practices being applied to projects. Looking ahead, new trends continue to...

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