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Five Steps to Getting a Project Done

You’re eager to start a new project and jump right in without trying to make order out of and find meaning in everything that needs to get done. How much time do you spend scratching your head, wondering what to do next or even how or where to start? Having a good plan is the most...

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How to Stay Motivated When You’re Working on a Never-Ending Project

Completion is satisfying. Being able to cross an item off a to-do list, mark a task done, or deliver a finished project is a big part of being fulfilled at work. That’s why projects that stretch into a far-off horizon are challenging for even the most seasoned project manager. Whether you’re managing a mammoth IT...

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Project Management Lessons from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Between Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday, my family and I have a few traditions. One of them is to watch "National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” Hidden amongst the classic scenes that only John Hughes could write, there are a few project management lessons worth your consideration....

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How to Keep Your Team’s Morale Up During Change

  Change is the only constant! Dramatic growth is commonplace. Companies are looking for opportunities to improve margins, accelerate cash flow and cut costs. Only those companies that change will endure. And only those teams that embrace change, and the leaders who engage people around change initiatives will thrive. The others will be left in...

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Why You Should Get Your Team to Challenge the Status Quo

Have you ever worked in an environment where the manager came across as controlling and shot down all the team’s great ideas? It simply wasn’t a priority to explore how the team could be working more effectively or inventively, or to increase teamwork and engagement levels. All that mattered was to get the current assignments...

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How to Write a Killer Status Report: Dos and Don’ts

Chances are, at this stage in your career, you’ve completed dozens of progress reports—if not hundreds. But how effective have they been? Did you have a clear purpose when writing the reports—for instance, did you want your stakeholders to take certain action as a result of them? Or did you fill them in because it...

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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 to Keep Cost and Scope Under Control on Client Projects

A project manager’s responsibilities—and job implications—grow complicated when it comes to client projects. Even though all project plans require your team to deliver the requirements on time, on budget and within quality constraints, delivering client projects can be a different game with higher stakes. For example, when your company is working with an external client,...

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Defense Against the Dark Art of Estimation Bargaining

We developers spend a lot of time learning about programming. Unless you work on project management software, you probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking what happens outside the realm of programming.  However, you need to take this seriously, as there are a lot of conversations going on all around us, and they   define what we...

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Infographic: The 5 Laws of Social Project Management

The social project management movement is attempting to improve classic project management to make projects more efficient, more effective and more fun for employees. Check out these five laws to social project management that we think are very important. Infographic: The 5 Laws of Social Project Management. An infographic by the team at LiquidPlanner Embed...

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