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How Did Project Management Skills Prepare Us for the New Normal?

“Reopening schools” has been the buzz phrase in the news recently and much of the rhetoric has revolved around economic impact, the safety of students, and the potential for increased Coronavirus outbreaks.  But what’s really behind something that seems to be such a simple project — reopening classroom doors? Let’s take, for example, a contained

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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...

Five Favorite Dashboards from LiquidPlanner!

As LiquidPlanner employees, we are all pretty well versed in our product (we have to be!). In working with over 1200 customers, each of us has a favorite Dashboard that brings tremendous value to the teams we speak with. Here are five favorite Dashboards from some of our team members that stand out.   1....

Why Everyone in the Workplace Needs Project Management Skills

In the business world, where processes are becoming more technically sophisticated, lead times for product development are getting shorter, and work is becoming increasingly cross-functional, it’s no real surprise that demand for sound project management skills is on the rise, and not just from the dedicated project management team. “The need for high caliber project...

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