LiquidPlanner Q & A With Kayvon Ghaffari

Tatyana Sussex | June 24, 2013

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Do you walk to work in your PJs? Neither does our new Program Manager, Kayvon Ghaffari. However, he does walk to work, and the PJs are part of a daily ritual. Read on to learn more about the latest member of our growing LP family.

Title and description of what you do:kr

I’m a Program Manager at LiquidPlanner. I wear the Product Manager hat to spec features that I’d want as a Project Manager. It almost feels like cheating.

What was it that made you know LP was the perfect fit for you?

It felt like the Project Management tool I’d been looking for all my life: priority based scheduling, intuitive interface, ranged estimates! It was love at [1st – 2nd] sight.

Getting the chance to help make an excellent tool even better is awesome. The people here are great, and it doesn’t hurt that the office is four minutes from my house.

Do you have a ritual or routine to the start of your work day?

Walking to the local coffee shop in my PJs. Helps me organize my thoughts before showing up to work.

Your idea of happiness at work is –

Being part of an engaged team, solving interesting problems that I care about, and seeing direct results from my work on a regular basis.

If you could have any other job, what would it be?

Podcast host.

What kind of books do you like?

I love human behavioral economics books – stuff like Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, Drive by Daniel Pink, and The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. Pretty much anything about the how and why we do the things we do – which helps me in my position and career.

For fiction, I like the Song of Ice and Fire seriesThe Dark Tower series and Blindsight by Peter Watts, a near-future hard sci-fi novel about the theory of consciousness featuring aliens, vampires and cyborgs in space … and it’s even better than it sounds!

Favorite or most-used LP feature:

Most used: The Timeline. As a PM, having global visibility across multiple projects with the ability to drill down quickly and manipulate the schedule with ease is incredible.

Favorite: The Baseline view that we recently released. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to work with baselines in other tools – they’re unwieldy, you have to actually capture them on the day you want to measure from on a per-project basis, and there’s usually a limit to how many you can store. With LiquidPlanner, I can go back and see what my entire project portfolio looked like at any point in time.

Your personal work motto

“We can build anything you want. Here’s what it will take to do it…”