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PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSIGHTS

Illustrated graphic of a man working at a desk in a home office with icons listed for money, time, mail, and more. As a profession, project management is in a constant state of evolution. The future of project management is being shaped by these 5 factors:
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Five Factors Shaping The Future Of Project Management

As a profession, project management is in a constant state of evolution, with advances in technology, approaches, and techniques putting project managers under enormous pressure to stay abreast of new developments as they emerge. So, what does the future of project management look like? Certainly, COVID-19 has made it difficult to predict what lies in

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Software’s Classic Mistakes gets updated

Steve McConnell, author of Rapid Development and other great books on software engineering, has updated his list of software’s classic mistakes. If you follow the link to the Construx site, Steve has a summary and links to more resources, but you’ll need to register for the extra stuff. Looking at the list, we find some old favorites at...

The Top Five Project Management Traits to Master “the How”

In project management, we tend to focus on the method. And there is no shortage of methods (Six Sigma, Scrum, Waterfall…). The method is the what of project management and is often at the core of an effectively run project. But the method can only take your project so far. Really, it is the approach, or the how,...

Behavioral Change & Silver Bullets

We’re getting into full swing here at LiquidPlanner. The application is pretty solid, there are a few features we’d like to add (aren’t there always), but for the most part it is ready for prime time. So we’ve been beating the bushes to get some of our better beta customers to sign up to actually give...

Social Project Management

In the process of building our online project management software I got to thinking about what online has to do with project management. The fact that LiquidPlanner is multi-user and web-based creates a whole new set of interactions that go way beyond what desktop project management software does and has to cope with. For starters it acknowledges that...

Estimates vs. Targets

On Monday I attended an Executive Breakfast put on by Construx Software. Steve McConnell, renowned author of books like Code Complete and also one of our advisors, discussed the “10 Deadly Sins of Software Estimation.” Not surprisingly, most of the audience chuckled knowingly after each “sin” was read aloud. And even as one of the few non-developers at LiquidPlanner, I...

Depending on Dependencies

We’ve launched dependencies! Last night the team stayed up late making sure that the update to the site went smoothly. This morning our users were greeted with dependencies. This is a big deal for us as we were getting quite a few requests for dependencies. In fact, several people asked us why we launched without...

Dogfood and Dependencies

Dogfood and Dependencies

I first heard the phrase “eat your own dog food” while doing some vendor work for Microsoft. Although I’m not sure why — none of the development teams I worked with used Visual SourceSafe, perhaps because it was an acquisition product. I also never saw a PM pull up a Microsoft Project plan on their...

Perfecting the Recipe

Perfecting the Recipe

“Round here, we eat our own dogfood.” “You, uh… what?” Interviewing for my job with LiquidPlanner late last summer, I was feeling a little over my head. I’m relatively new to the software industry and was meeting with really smart people who have years and years of software experience. And now they were talking about...

Have a plan, but don’t be a slave to it

People who know me know that I like to have a plan, but I’m the first one to stray from it. This may seem like a strange contradiction or worse hypocrisy, but here’s my justification: if everything goes according to plan, the best outcome is limited to your initial imagination. I’m not willing to settle...

Who knew estimation could feel so good?

I want to talk about estimation, but first I want to talk about beer and wine. Specifically, the act of opening beer and wine bottles. For about 2.5 years, we kept our bottle opener in our junk drawer, all the way across the kitchen from the refrigerator and pantry. And for 2.5 years, every time...

How hard can it be?

If you build software for a living, you surely have eaten these words at least once. My last major utterance was about two years ago when I said to Jason and Bruce, “How hard can it be to build a project management tool that doesn’t suck?”. I said it about the time we had just...

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