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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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LiquidPlanner Case Study: How Swerve Drives Projects with Precision and Clarity Using LP

Every month we feature a different LiquidPlanner customer and showcase how they’re using LiquidPlanner to power their business. If you’re interested in being featured, drop us a line or leave a comment! SWERVE Driving School was co-founded by Joe Pruskowski six years ago to provide Northwest drivers with a new type of driving school. While you...

One Small Panel, Four Critical Ideas

I was in New York last week for the SABEW Fall Conference. Like most software guys, I had no idea that there was a Society of American Business Editors and Writers. However I do know a member of the club, technology journalist Jonathan Blum. We share a common interest in online software tools and we’ve had...

The Three Hats of Innovation

There are many reasons why small companies are known for out innovating larger companies.  This post is about one of those reasons, the fact that small companies understand hats and big companies don’t. Close your eyes and picture everyone in your organization wearing a hat that reflects their role. Looking good?  Seeing 10 Skippers and...

Agile Development Tools Q&A

5 Lessons from the CTO of Gist.com Recently, we spoke with Steve Newman, Chief Technology Officer of Gist.com about how they’ve been using LiquidPlanner to improve their Agile software development process. Like many of our customers, Gist plans their development cycles in sprints, enabling them to iterate faster and keep up with customer demand for new features. One...

What’s Your Distraction Factor?

I am thrilled to announce that I have a new acronym to add to the Project Management lexicon. Let’s squeeze some more space into PMBOK to make room for: “DF”  – the Distraction Factor! (You can contact me through the blog if you’re interested in ordering t-shirts…) In a recent blog post, Jennifer Russell discusses the idea of...

Thank Your Project Manager Today

Contrary to popular belief, project management isn’t all fun and games. Anyone who’s done their time at the wheel knows that PM’s do their fair share of work that’s not exactly glamorous. In fact, they often have to fight the perception that they’re spinning their wheels while individual contributors get to move happily along creating tangible products....

Who Are the Top Thinkers in Project Management Today?

Project management is currently undergoing its own Cambrian era, the geological period some 500 million years ago in which an epic explosion in diversity and transformation took place.  Whereas just a decade ago there were only a handful of robust desktop project management applications available in the market, there are now dozens (if not hundreds)...

Top 10 Pitfalls to Avoid When Implementing Project Management Software

Recently, the LiquidPlanner team took some time and conducted in-depth interviews with nearly 40 of our most active customers. We asked a lot of questions and heard some great success stories. One thing quickly became clear: the method you use to roll out a new tool can make or break its adoption on a team....

Making your Best Re-estimate

Is this you? You’re working with a team on a new project estimate and start to find that it has similarities to past projects. What is the first thought to hit your mind? Is it, “What was the estimate we made for this task last time?” STOP right there! This is a common mistake that...

The 5 Laws of Social Project Management

In his new best-seller, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, author Daniel Pink teaches us that everything we think we know about what motivates us is wrong. He makes his case for business and education, but it’s clear that his ideas are a great fit for life in project-based organizations. Pink describes a core...

We want to be like Kenny.

Note: this post is going to be a bit of a cheese-fest. Consider yourself warned. Yesterday, our CTO Jason Carlson and I were lucky enough to be able to visit one of our favorite customers, SpaceX Corporation, at their headquarters in Hawthorne, CA. SpaceX is one of our biggest installations, and the purpose of the visit...

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