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A Happier, More Productive Way to Work: LiquidPlanner @Work Is Almost Here!

  Happiness matters at work—on a number of levels. Study after study links employee well-being to increased productivity, more effective collaborations, higher creativity, and quality of work. For example, a recent University of Warwick study found that happiness created a 12% increase in productivity; a Gallop poll discovered that engaged employees were two times more productive...

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How to Be a GTD Person in a Waterfall World

I’ve been with the same cell phone carrier for over 10 years. My money has been kept in the same bank since I moved to Canada many years ago. By all accounts, I am a very loyal person to any product, service or system that works for me. Project management and all of its principles—like...

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Best Practices for IT Project Managers

Depending on which “shocking project management statistics” article you read, you’ll find failure rates for large IT projects range anywhere from 31 and 96 percent. Like a game of telephone, you never know what abysmal results consultants will reveal when surveying technology project budgets, schedules, and objectives. Regardless of the exact percentage though, the message...

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A Look into the Future at the PMI Global Congress EMEA 2015

If you ever feel like you need a confidence boost and to recharge your project management batteries, then a conference is the way to do it. At the PMI EMEA Global Congress in London this month I met an IT project manager doing the same project as me but in Lithuania. It was reassuring to...

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How to Stop the Planning Fallacy From Disrupting Your Projects

This week I’m rushing to review a book chapter before sending it back to the editor. I have known about this deadline for months, and I am not the kind of person to leave the work to the last minute. The truth is, doing the review is taking far longer than I accounted for. It’s...

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5 “Game of Thrones” Lessons for Project Managers

Winter is coming, ladies and gentlemen. Winter is coming! In just a few short days, the twisted plots, betrayals, and subterfuge across the Seven Kingdoms will unfold in the fifth Game of Thrones season. If you’re a fellow GoT fan, you’re well aware of the political and strategic anglings that make the show so addictive....

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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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How to Manage Your Personal Profile Settings in LiquidPlanner

Have you checked your LiquidPlanner profile settings lately? It’s easy to forget what’s tucked inside the My Profile page in your project management tool. Basically, it’s where all of your identifying details in LiquidPlanner live. Whether you’re new to a workspace or you’ve been around a while, here are some basic need-to-knows about managing your...

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5 Unusual Ways to Prioritize Your Work

Have you ever woken up completely certain that you would spend the day firing on all cylinders, knocking down your to-do list, only to find that by the end of the day you’d been spinning your wheels while the critical work remains undone? Thomas Edison once said, “Being busy does not always mean real work....

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What’s That New Container Icon in Your LiquidPlanner Workspace? Backlog Packages!

You might have noticed a new icon in your LiquidPlanner workspace that looks like this: This container was dropped from the beak of storks on Saturday, February 28 and represents your new Backlog packages. These packages are a handy new way to organize and store unscheduled work in your project management tool, with the added...

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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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LiquidPlanner Spotlight: the View Menu—There Are Wonders Hidden Inside

We’re all creatures of habit, which means we can easily get in the groove of using a project management tool the same way over and over. And there are so many project plan goodies tucked away in LiquidPlanner, you can almost forget to take advantage of some of them. Here’s one we want to remind...

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