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What is Wrong with Percent Complete?

The last 20% of the work takes 80% of the schedule. How many times have you heard of this happening? The project is cruising along. Work is getting done. The percent complete steadily rises until it hits about 80-90% and then it stalls. It just sits there at 90%. Days go by. The team is...

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Producing Camtasia Videos for the Web

I’ve gotten a couple of questions about how I produce the videos for the LiquidPlanner tutorials so I thought I’d take a minute to blog the notes that I passed on to Kevin Merritt (founder of Blist). I use Camtasia Studio 5 from TechSmith. The folks at TechSmith produce great tools. Just like SnagIt, I’ve really got nothing but good...

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Time Cards should start at the Top

Today we were going over our time card design. It is really coming along nicely. We’ve been strongly influenced by a few assumptions that we made early on and I’d like to get them out there and see what our blog readers have to say about ’em. One of the primary assumptions that we made...

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Malcolm Gladwell and the Desire for Certainty

I watched Malcolm Gladwell’s talk at the 2008 New Yorker Conference. It is a good talk and you should watch it. He’s talking about something he calls “the mismatch problem”.  While quite interesting, I really have nothing to say about it. Rather, I’d like to riff for a few minutes on a couple of things that...

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Prioritizing for Real

After talking to a bunch of users I feel compelled to write this post on getting real about prioritization. Folks, saying project A is higher priority than project B but you’re doing B first is ridiculous. Project A may be more important than project B. Project A may be of more value than project B. But by definition, the one that...

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Behavioral Change & Silver Bullets

We’re getting into full swing here at LiquidPlanner. The application is pretty solid, there are a few features we’d like to add (aren’t there always), but for the most part it is ready for prime time. So we’ve been beating the bushes to get some of our better beta customers to sign up to actually give...

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Social Project Management

In the process of building our online project management software I got to thinking about what online has to do with project management. The fact that LiquidPlanner is multi-user and web-based creates a whole new set of interactions that go way beyond what desktop project management software does and has to cope with. For starters it acknowledges that...

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Depending on Dependencies

We’ve launched dependencies! Last night the team stayed up late making sure that the update to the site went smoothly. This morning our users were greeted with dependencies. This is a big deal for us as we were getting quite a few requests for dependencies. In fact, several people asked us why we launched without...

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Dogfood and Dependencies

Dogfood and Dependencies

I first heard the phrase “eat your own dog food” while doing some vendor work for Microsoft. Although I’m not sure why — none of the development teams I worked with used Visual SourceSafe, perhaps because it was an acquisition product. I also never saw a PM pull up a Microsoft Project plan on their...

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Who knew estimation could feel so good?

I want to talk about estimation, but first I want to talk about beer and wine. Specifically, the act of opening beer and wine bottles. For about 2.5 years, we kept our bottle opener in our junk drawer, all the way across the kitchen from the refrigerator and pantry. And for 2.5 years, every time...

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