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Ask a PM: How to Juggle Everything without Overloading Your Brain

Dear Elizabeth: I manage multiple projects, and the team juggles a lot. I’m worried about keeping so many pieces in my mind at once so that nothing slips through. I’ve tried various methods of tracking everything, and while some have worked for a while, most ceased to be effective at some point or became more

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Resist Business B.S.—How Can We Rebel (and Get Credit for Being Brilliant)?

In my previous article, we discussed how strategic intent answers Why?, how strategic objectives answer What?, and how tactics answer How?. The trouble comes when strategic objectives and executional tactics are developed without answering the Why question first. This is a classic mistake, but one that can be avoided. How to Answer Why? Create a...

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Navigate Team Communication Like a Genderlect Pro

In my previous post, we looked at Deborah Tannen’s work on genderlect and why women and men often misunderstand each other. Here, I share more of her research and a few ideas on how we can become more aware of these differences—not only to improve teamwork but also to help women take charge of their...

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Resist Business B.S.—Why Wouldn’t We Rebel When Strategies Fail?

According to executives, nearly half of all strategic initiatives fail. Various studies conducted since 1995 consistently show executives will admit their strategic objectives have failed on some level almost half the time. I am not surprised by the failure rate, but I am thrilled by the honesty. When we can admit a problem, we can...

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Did You Just Say That? Understanding Gender-Specific Communication Styles

Not sure why members of your multigender team appear to misunderstand each other despite speaking the same language? Here is the single most important point to remember about genderlect. It’s real. The era of gender equality has long since dawned, and while everyone should be working towards a happier, more inclusive society, a quick Google...

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How Good Project Management Could Have Prevented the Mess Known as Brexit

I’ve just returned from a wonderful week in Ireland. Lots of great music, stout, and tea. The sky was blue and the grass green. We enjoyed wonderful hospitality across the island. However, the only topic that was discussed more than the civil war of 1922 was Brexit and its impact on Ireland. Everyone I spoke...

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Gen Z: Project Managing Their Futures

Teenagers are making their presence felt in the tech start-up world, developing apps, creating social networks, and building online businesses at a remarkable pace. Far from treating them as side hustles to their schoolwork, these youngsters take their tech ventures very seriously, demonstrating discipline, drive, and determination while developing the project management skills and strategies...

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How to Create an Inclusive Workplace for Women and Men

It’s widely acknowledged that a positive, inclusive office culture leads to better morale and higher productivity amongst staff. Figures from research by Deloitte and The Female Quotient show that 67 percent of knowledge workers believe that diversity and inclusion drive creativity in the office. Nearly 60 percent believe that diversity improves profitability, and you don’t...

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Read an eBook Week: Celebrate with Four of the Best from LiquidPlanner

The first full week of March is a chance for book lovers and writers to share their passion in digital form. To celebrate Read an eBook Week, we’ve compiled this short list of our best eBooks. Five Practical Habits for Today’s Project Manager We all become a project manager at least once in our careers,...

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Creative Ways to Keep Your Remote Team Engaged and Motivated

Remote working has become the norm in the modern world of work, with digital technology enabling members of teams in different locations and different time zones to work together on the same project. With that comes the modern-day challenge of keeping remote team members motivated and engaged, especially when in all likelihood they have never...

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How to Deal with a Disconnect Between Teams

I once worked as a business development manager for a startup. As someone who was responsible for new projects, I was very much client facing and interacted with many different departments to ensure project success. One of these departments was the software development team. The developers spoke a different language. Whenever we had conversations, they...

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Team Essentials: Keeping Your LiquidPlanner Schedule Up to Date

In my previous article, I discussed how easy it is to reprioritize your work in LiquidPlanner. This week, I’ll show you how to maintain your schedule and keep it up to date. Now that LiquidPlanner has created our schedule for us and we’ve started chipping away at our project work, we need to be sure...

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Using LiquidPlanner to Manage…Weather?

While it can mostly be forecasted, the weather has its share of unpredictability, making many wish it could be managed like a project. One company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, however, has been using LiquidPlanner to do just that. CFV Solar Test Laboratory, Inc., is a small, accredited, highly sophisticated laboratory that performs multistep, long-term,...

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