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5 Reasons to Use Story Maps for Your Next Project

Ever since I attended the Agile and Beyond 2015 conference, I’ve become engrossed in story maps. I don’t think I’ll ever gather project requirements or plan software releases any other way. Whenever I mention “gathering requirements,” IT professionals tend to tune out at the prospect of defining customer requirements in a mammoth Microsoft Word document....

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5 Time Management Myths

The French sculptor Auguste Rodin once said, “Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” That may be, but the reality of the work world is that your time is a critical resource that must be used efficiently for greatest success. With the amount of press that the concept of improving...

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Project and Portfolio Management 101

The world of project management knowledge can sometimes feel stodgy and pedantic to a practical business person looking for answers. If you’re that person, and if you’re looking for answers about portfolio management, you’ve come to the right place. While a blog post certainly isn’t a substitute for the entire PMBOK textbook, some things are just...

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How to Spend the First Hour of Your Workday

Some years ago, after I ran an abysmal half marathon, I learned an important lesson. While it’s important to pace yourself, if you go out too slowly (or in my case sluggishly), that’s the tone you set for the rest of your race. Work days are very much the same: The note on which you...

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4 Tips for Leading a Project Kickoff Meeting

Your project’s kickoff meeting is like opening night for a new production. The stage has been set, scenes have been cast, the players are all in place, and the project story is ready to unfold. It’s important to have a meeting that’s well-organized, informative and motivating—something that addresses priorities, nurtures teamwork and generally rallies the...

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3 Reasons to Use Project Management Software as a Resource Planning Tool

Resource planning is a discipline within project management that involves gathering the proper mix and quantity of resources required to complete a project. A resource can be anything from people to equipment, to materials, IT assets or funding. Think of it this way: If the project is a recipe, resource planning is the process of...

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7 Ways to Juggle Multiple Project Tasks—and Get Things Done

If you juggle a variety of projects every day, you’re in good company. We have LiquidPlanner customers who manage anywhere between 5 – 25 projects on any given day! Multi-tasking has become a part of our work culture. Done well, you can move toward business goals faster. Done poorly, you can stretch yourself so thin...

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How Using Packages in LiquidPlanner Is Like Cooking a Four-Course Meal

Organizing multiple concurrent projects in LiquidPlanner by using Packages is one of the bedrocks of our online project management software. Many of our customers work on five to 30 active projects at a time, so they need a way to organize multiple projects, and prioritize all the associated tasks. Using Packages to manage a diverse...

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7 Ways Online Project Management Software Helps Build Your Business

As many of you are probably discovering, project management software is used for a lot more than maintaining a project Gantt chart these days. When you implement a cloud-based project management tool while building a business, you gain a competitive advantage and prevent some costly internal business lessons. This is because the right PM tool...

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5 Tips to Get Organized for a Productive Fall

Ahh, September. Whether you’re sending kids back to school or just exchanging summer cotton for warm flannels, autumn is a great time to get organized, prepared and reinvigorated—at home and at work. On the work front, team projects always benefit from a fresh outlook and renewed enthusiasm. Project managers can take advantage of that great...

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9 Project Management Tips to Make Order out of Chaos

Do you ever feel like you hold your project schedule hostage because you just can’t get your arms around your workload? It happens.  Even when we have our well-ordered processes, we sometimes fall off the organizational wagon. Instead of letting the tsunami of project planning take you down, practice these simple  project management tips to...

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How to Make and Keep Priorities

Priorities: We love them, we hate them; we need them and we struggle to achieve them. Being able to identify and execute on work that most matters to your business is crucial for success. If you’re a leader, how you prioritize goals affects your employee’s productivity. If you’re a project manager, you have to know...

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