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5 Key Principles to Resource Management

The purpose of project management is to bring together people, processes and tools to accomplish a common objective. It follows, then, that one of the most important elements of project management is managing the resources that actually do the work. In practice, however, many PMs focus on measuring resources rather than acting as a force...

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LiquidPlanner June Release: Get There Faster

If our June release was a book, we’d title it: “How to Get There Faster.” Our latest updates focus on streamlining processes and increasing efficiency with two new Dashboards widgets, a widely-requested Recurring Events feature and some other nifty additions. Here’s a rundown on what you can find in your workspace this month, and what...

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LiquidPlanner’s Dashboards. A Powerful Way to Share Project Information

LiquidPlanner’s Dashboards features is a powerful visual tool that lets you share selected project information with team members and stakeholders—inside and outside of your company. Dashboards are fun to make and to use because they have a big impact in such a simple way. For example, dashboards let you select the exact project data for...

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

Resource planning is a discipline within project management software 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...

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3 Reasons Why Your Timesheet Can Get You a Promotion

Most project managers are obsessed with data. They need to be, in order to drive their projects successfully and make accurate schedules and delivery dates. Data can be collected in different ways, but project managers often rely on their project contributors to submit their timesheets, which provide the data they hold so dear. The problem...

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How to Manage Resources for Your Team

“I’m allocated at 125%,” my project lead sighed as he pointed to the column on the Gantt chart. The project lead was not alone: All of the other team members had similar percentages in the same column. At the time, resource allocation was just another undecipherable column on a Gantt chart for all of us....

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How LiquidPlanner’s Customer Success Team is Your Team’s 12th Man

We’re bursting with excitement in the Seattle offices of LiquidPlanner this week. Our Seattle Seahawks are going to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row—after making what was nothing short of a miraculous comeback in Sunday’s playoff game. The LP 12th Man Team. No matter how well and hard the team plays,...

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10 Steps to Manage Your Budget When the Scope Changes

If your budget is the roadmap to completing the project, what happens when the destination changes? You assess where you are, and how you got there, then redo the budget to complete the journey. Managing resources is filled with surprises. Change orders in projects are the norm, not the exception, so the seasoned project manager...

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21 Project Management Resolutions for the New Year

Resolutions, goals, intentions, missions—whatever you call yours, the blue sky of a fresh new year is the time to set your mind on achievements and career themes. Here are 21 ideas for taking your skills, your job and your team to the next level. Go get ‘em, tiger! Be a more effective delegator. Focus on...

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11 Ways to Manage Project Conflict

Fights, war, battle, screaming matches—conflict is a constant presence in life. The pressure to deliver unique results on a short timeline adds to the pressure in the project management world. In fact, the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK) states: “Managing conflict is one of the biggest challenges a project manager faces.” In any given...

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9 Ways to Up Your Project Management Game

There’s enough going on every day at work that sometimes just getting things done is a full-time job. However, in order to make a meaningful difference to the projects you work on and to your career, you need to keep honing your skills. An added bonus: learning keeps us from getting bored and stuck in...

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10 Tips for Making Better Project Decisions

Every project is made up of decisions and tasks. And every project management professional has to make decisions on how to choose among a variety of options to move a project forward. How often do you think about—and work on—your decision-making skills, as you focus on juggling your project schedule, manage resources and other job...

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