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Uniting the Multigenerational Workforce

Employers understand the importance of diversity in the workforce and with many organizations now employing five or six generations of employees, they have ready access to a diverse pool of mature and emerging talent that can bring enormous benefits to the business. However, this can also create challenges. How do employers motivate and engage multiple

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Accepting “Congratulations” for the Road Less Traveled

A year ago, my wife and I decided to uproot our family and move to Ireland, where we have citizenship through her grandfather. She had bicycled around the island in the 1990s, but I had never even visited. As of this writing, we have no place to live or jobs, just a flight landing in...

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Is Joining a PMO the Right Career Move for You?

In your project management career, you’ll have multiple opportunities to perform different project management roles ranging from a project analyst to a program manager. A typical project manager career path takes this progression: Project Coordinator Project Manager Senior Project Manager Program Manager Portfolio Manager One job role missing from the PM career path is a...

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Ask a PM: What to Do When Your Sponsor Is Too Busy

Dear Elizabeth: We have quite an established project management office, and we use a standard methodology and tools. My team is good, they have experience, and we work well together. My problem is with the levels above me. My sponsor won’t even meet me. She’s a very senior executive, and I can’t get past her...

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If Risk Is Your Business, Do It Better Than Captain Kirk

As a great philosopher and chewer of scenery, Star Trek’s James T. Kirk once said, “Risk is our business”—nothing great can be accomplished if you’re not willing to take some risks. I like to say, “If failure isn’t an option, then innovation isn’t an opportunity.” However, risk must be managed carefully. In “Return to Tomorrow,”...

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How to Get a “Yes!”

Convincing Your Team That LiquidPlanner Is the Perfect Solution You’ve looked through dozens of task and project management tools and have finally found LiquidPlanner—the perfect project management solution for your business. Now, you have to convince everyone else. Where do you even start? During my three years on the sales team, I worked with thousands...

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How to Fix a Troubled Project by Falling Back on the Fundamentals

According to the Standish Group’s 2015 Chaos Report, I have a 64-percent chance of guessing you’ve been on a challenged or failed software project. According to the Chaos Report, only 36 percent of all projects have been successful while others were challenged or failed to meet the business objectives. I’ve seen a lot of projects...

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Ask a PM: How to Avoid Your Own Burnout When Your Team Doesn’t Pull Its Weight

Dear Elizabeth: There are people in my team who don’t pull their weight. They don’t deliver what they say they will, and they don’t seem committed to the goals of the project. I need them to step up and do what’s required, but I can’t seem to make that happen. Instead, rather than let them...

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Manage This! Jen Morrisey Featured on Project Management Podcast

“The workplace, rather, is rapidly evolving, as is the PM role, and I think project managers today face so many challenges as well as opportunities…. I think the core challenge is that they’re asked to do more with less resources, so now more than ever, they need to use their resources in the most optimal...

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Welcome to the New LiquidPlanner.com!

The LiquidPlanner website has gotten an update recently. We’ve created a cleaner, more modern experience that’s easy to navigate and fun to explore. While some pages like Product and Pricing have gotten cosmetic updates, others are completely different! Take a look at the new Support Center where you’ll find our knowledge base, training videos, and...

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Ask a PM: Where to Start after Taking a Career Break

Dear Elizabeth: I start a new job in a week after a couple of years away from work on a career break. From what I know, I am entering a complex project with multiple stakeholders. They are active in leading the work, so at least I don’t have to worry about not having support for...

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Five Ways to Identify Your Personal Strengths and Apply Them to Project Work

Does your job leverage your natural strengths? If you’re doing work that doesn’t tap into your greatest strengths, your performance and motivation will suffer along with your career. In contrast, when you’re aligned with your talents and interests, you gain a wellspring of confidence and expertise, and you do great work with a sense of...

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11 Ways to Build the Strengths of Your Team Members

To lead a top-performing team, you need to do more than direct and delegate work. Truly effective managers can recognize the unique strengths of each team member and optimize all those natural gifts. If you’re in a leadership position, this might sound like a daunting task, but it’s not. The first step is to identify...

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