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5 Ways to Manage Project Stakeholders Expectations Better

Depending on the scope and ambition of your upcoming project, going public and asking for stakeholders to pitch in support of your development efforts might be the most logical financial decision to make. Whether you’re working with B2B investors or B2C backers, keeping your stakeholders in the loop about the current status of your project

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Welcome to 2020: A New Year and Fresh Start

The start of a new year is just that — a new start! It’s a chance to try something new, re-tailor and rework all your previous goals, plans, and activities. I hope your celebrations were filled with family, festivities, and food but now it’s time to get back to work. Think about how your last...

Ask A PM: I Have a New Hire – How Do I Make Our Relationship Work?

“Dear Elizabeth: I have a new hire starting on the team, a junior project manager. How can I make our new relationship work? I want to give her meaningful tasks, but I’m personally drowning in work, and I need someone to take some of the burden.” First: Congratulations! It sounds as if you’ve had a...

Project Management Best Practices that Need to Be Second Nature

While modern technology allows us to amplify our abilities and do more than we ever could before, the sheer amount of inputs and information has led us to somewhat of a tipping point. Today, business communication is so ubiquitous that most employees spend the majority of their time responding to emails, answering phones, and participating...

What Is The Value of a Project Manager Today?

With the popularity of Agile, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), and Scrum, organizations are asked to justify the project manager’s role on a project. Scrum purists reject the idea of adding a project manager to the team as the team should be able to solve all the problems with the help of the product owner and...

Why Awesome Project Scope Management is Essential to Kickoff Every Project

We all know how it goes. A new client is on-boarded with the project manager, and discussions start around the completion and delivery of said project. Unfortunately, a lot of the key players that’ll do the work are possibly absent, and a small, select group holds a short and inefficient project scope management meeting to...

10 Ways for Project Managers to Stay Organized

One of the qualities that every project manager should have is organization skills. While being well-organized is a necessity, there is still much you need to invest in and do for your project to be successful. There are so many suggested methods and strategies for project managers, but I have found that the following ten...

What Does a Project Manager Do? How Project Managers Keep Business Moving

Whether you’re looking for a career change or you’ve been tasked with hiring a competent PM, project managers are an integral part of the modern-day office. Indeed, having the right one (or several) in place can mean the difference between completing projects on time, under budget, and with purpose as opposed to aimlessly playing whack-a-mole...

How Do You Manage Projects When Your Team Takes Time Off?

People are always taking time off, and that’s as it should be. In the US, we have a problem with people not taking enough time off. The best way to encourage people to take some much-needed time away from the office is to run projects in a way that creates space for that to happen...

Book Review: The Power of Project Leadership

I just finished the last chapter of Susanne Madsen’s piece on The Power of Project Leadership (2nd edition). I closed her exceptional book completely inspired and itching to get a copy in the hands of both LiquidPlanner employees and our customers. I’ve been a longtime student of both Project Management and of researchers like Brené Brown, who explore...

Ask A PM: How Do I Let My Project Sponsor Know a Project is Running Late?

“Dear Elizabeth: My project is running late to the point that our delivery date has moved significantly. I want to make sure that we’ve considered all the possible options for recovering the project before I finalize the new schedule. What should I consider before I deliver the news to my project sponsor?”   I hope...

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...

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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