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How to Be Productive When You’re Overwhelmed

Has this ever happened to you? You’re having a perfectly good morning. A warm cup of coffee is in your hand, and you think you’ve got your workload under control when suddenly it hits you— You actually have a small avalanche of prioritized work to get through within the next two weeks, and it doesn’t...

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How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

Learn how to prioritize your projects when every project is as equally important as all of the others....

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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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7 Essential Skills for Project Teams

There’s a big focus on the skills that apply to individual project managers and contributors. But what about your project team as a whole? Your team needs to possess some essential skills in order to ensure their productivity, sanity, and the successful delivery of projects. Project teams are generally comprised of a variety of specialists...

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Knowledge Management for Project Teams

First things first—what is knowledge management? Knowledge management by definition is the efficient management of information about a project, initiative or corporate knowledge. More specifically, it’s about taking the information that’s in people’s heads and making it available to the company as needed—by having a process and location to transfer and manage so much accumulated...

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LiquidPlanner’s New Wait Time Feature Is Here! Set Delays on Dependencies

Here by popular customer request: the new Wait Time feature, a way to set delays on dependencies between tasks and other plan items.   About Wait Time Let’s say you have a project with a lot of hand-offs and wait times between dependencies—you want that time reflected in your scheduling software. Wait Time was created...

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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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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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Who Owns the LiquidPlanner Inbox? And other Inbox FAQs

Customers new to LiquidPlanner sometimes ask us, “Who owns the Inbox?” It’s a good question, and one that helps us explain the purpose of the Inbox, and how to use it more effectively. Read on to learn the ins and outs of using the Inbox to take in new work and reflect current project plans....

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10 Reasons to Be Thankful for Project Managers

If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you either are a project manager or you work closely with one. And it’s probably not a secret that project managers are often seen as the type of people who are rigid and overly concerned with following processes and sticking to the plan. This popular YouTube video...

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What Project Managers and Magicians Have in Common, Or: Why Harry Houdini Was the World’s Greatest Project Manager

On my desk, I have a bobblehead figure of Harry Houdini, the world’s greatest magician and escapologist. It reminds me that every project needs a little magic, and every project manager needs a little bit of “woofle dust” to make obstacles disappear and help launch dates align with the project schedule (even when you’re using...

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6 Essential Project Management Skills They Don’t Teach in School

There are some things that are practically impossible to learn without actually doing them. For instance, no amount of reading about how to play the piano will eliminate the need to sit down at the keyboard and practice. Likewise, you can study great art for a lifetime, but you will never really learn to paint...

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