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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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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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How to Stay Motivated When You’re Working on a Never-Ending Project

Completion is satisfying. Being able to cross an item off a to-do list, mark a task done, or deliver a finished project is a big part of being fulfilled at work. That’s why projects that stretch into a far-off horizon are challenging for even the most seasoned project manager. Whether you’re managing a mammoth IT...

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How to Step Up When the Project Manager Is Away

One piece of valuable advice I was given early in my career was to always work to make my boss’s boss look good. Another was to always work as if I were the one responsible for the outcome. These two lessons had a profound effect on my career trajectory, helping me progress through ever-increasing levels...

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Team Essentials: Reprioritizing in LiquidPlanner

As a customer success specialist at LiquidPlanner, my passion is to prepare your entire team for success with LiquidPlanner. In my previous posts, I walked you through the essentials of LiquidPlanner’s scheduling engine and task creation; this week, I’ll be focusing on reprioritizing. Let’s say your manager comes up to you on Monday and says,...

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Ask a PM: How to Tell a Client You’re Behind on the Project You Just Took Over

Dear Elizabeth: I have taken on an in-flight project. We’re about halfway through, and I think we need to make changes to the schedule. Specifically, we need more time. The client has already signed off on the original deadlines, and I don’t think they will take the news well. How can I break it to...

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Seven Tips to Stay Productive During the Winter

Enduring the cold winter months can be a drag, but we should remember to stay productive and motivated during this season because we’re setting the tone (and pace) for the rest of the year. Just like in a race, if you go too slowly, you’ll never get into a winning rhythm. Staying indoors more during...

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Don’t Give Up on Inbox Zero

Look at your email inbox. How many unread emails are there? A hundred? A thousand? My personal inbox has over 6,000 unread emails, which isn’t bad considering I’ve had this address for almost 15 years. In 2007, Merlin Mann championed the idea of “inbox zero,” but now it’s become vogue to argue that inbox zero...

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Team Essentials: Creating and Prioritizing Tasks in LiquidPlanner

In the first part of this series on team essentials, I walked you through the LiquidPlanner predictive scheduling engine. This week I’m excited to tell you about one of the unique features of LiquidPlanner: task prioritization. Before we dive in, I want to make sure you are familiar with four of the basic plan items...

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