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The Latest News in Dynamic Project Management

  • Team Essentials: Keeping Your LiquidPlanner Schedule Up to Date

    Team Essentials: Keeping Your LiquidPlanner Schedule Up to Date

    In my previous article, I discussed how easy it is to reprioritize your work in LiquidPlanner. This week, I’ll show you how to maintain your schedule and keep it up to date.Now that LiquidPlanner...

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  • Using LiquidPlanner to Manage…Weather?

    Using LiquidPlanner to Manage…Weather?

    While it can mostly be forecasted, the weather has its share of unpredictability, making many wish it could be managed like a project. One company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, however, has...

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

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

    Whether you’re managing a mammoth IT project with a delivery date that is two years out or working on one that’s been delayed due to scope creep and other problems, staying motivated is a natural...

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  • How to Step Up When the Project Manager Is Away

    How to Step Up When the Project Manager Is Away

    One piece of valuable advice I was given early in my career was to always work to make my boss’s boss look good. Another was to always work as if I were the one responsible for the outcome. These...

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  • Team Essentials: Reprioritizing in LiquidPlanner

    Team Essentials: Reprioritizing in LiquidPlanner

    As a customer success specialist at LiquidPlanner, my passion is to prepare your entire team for success with LiquidPlanner. In my previous posts, I walked you through the essentials of...

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  • Ask a PM: How to Tell a Client You’re Behind on the Project You Just Took Over

    Ask a PM: How to Tell a Client You’re Behind on the Project You Just Took Over

    Dear Elizabeth: I have taken on an in-flight project. We’re about halfway through, and I think we need to make changes to the schedule. Specifically, we need more time. The client has already...

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  • Seven Tips to Stay Productive During the Winter

    Seven Tips to Stay Productive During the Winter

    Staying indoors more during the shorter days also drains us of energy, causing an increase in mood swings; however, things don’t have to be so grim!Here are seven tips to help you stay energized,...

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  • Don’t Give Up on Inbox Zero

    Don’t Give Up on Inbox Zero

    In 2007, Merlin Mann championed the idea of “inbox zero,” but now it’s become vogue to argue that inbox zero is impossible or not worth the effort. I don’t believe that, but how do you capture the...

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  • Team Essentials: Creating and Prioritizing Tasks in LiquidPlanner

    Team Essentials: Creating and Prioritizing Tasks in LiquidPlanner

    Before we dive in, I want to make sure you are familiar with four of the basic plan items we’ll work with.In the projects tab, you’ll see that order matters. All work is prioritized in...

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  • Five Actions for Inspiring Your Project Team

    Five Actions for Inspiring Your Project Team

    Whatever the circumstances, as a project manager you’ll need to apply a wide range of leadership and communications skills to inspire a team. Unfortunately, these skills aren’t readily learned...

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  • Why Finding a Mentor Is Hard (and What to Do about It)

    Why Finding a Mentor Is Hard (and What to Do about It)

    Mentoring is known to have positive effects on career paths, both for new entrants to a role and for more experienced personnel. In a study by Gartner, over 5 years at Sun Microsystems, the...

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  • Mentoring My Younger Self (with a Little Help from Back to the Future)

    Mentoring My Younger Self (with a Little Help from Back to the Future)

    If you knew then what you know now, I’m sure you’d make all the right decisions. If I had a time-traveling DeLorean, I could advise my younger self and avoid all those project management mishaps....

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  • #NationalHatDay, a Project Manager Holiday?

    #NationalHatDay, a Project Manager Holiday?

    Happy National Hat Day!I often wonder who has started these “national holidays,” but this one seems especially suited for project managers. As the most versatile position in a project team, the PM...

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  • Team Essentials: Three Key Factors to LiquidPlanner Scheduling for Insights

    Team Essentials: Three Key Factors to LiquidPlanner Scheduling for Insights

    In this five-part series, I will be walking you through LiquidPlanner team essentials to prepare your entire team for success with LiquidPlanner. This week we will focus on the key component that...

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  • Four Essential Habits of Every Great Project Manager

    Four Essential Habits of Every Great Project Manager

    Being the one in charge is never easy—and not everyone gets to be in that position. It takes more than courage and confidence to be good at taking care of people, projects, and events. All project...

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  • How to Live Your Best Life

    How to Live Your Best Life

    I am thrilled to have Chase Jarvis as a guest on our show! He’s a renowned photographer and the CEO and founder of CreativeLive, the largest learning platform in the world for creators and...

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  • Ask a PM: How to Get a Stakeholder to Take Action on a Problem

    Ask a PM: How to Get a Stakeholder to Take Action on a Problem

    Dear Elizabeth: My project has problems. On the team, we all know and can see them, but the project stakeholders don’t understand the issues. Even if I can explain the problems, they fail to...

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  • Last-Minute Gifts for Your Project Team

    Last-Minute Gifts for Your Project Team

    The Christmas holiday is a mere five days from now. And, if your company closes its offices the last week of the year, that only leaves you tonight to get any last-minute gifts for the project...

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  • Stop Setting News Year’s Resolutions—Set Sprints Instead!

    Stop Setting News Year’s Resolutions—Set Sprints Instead!

    Does anyone else struggle with setting and achieving New Year’s resolutions?I’m sure you’ve experienced the futility of setting New Year’s resolutions only to continue the same pattern of human...

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  • An Alternative Approach to Dealing with the Inevitable Team Conflict

    An Alternative Approach to Dealing with the Inevitable Team Conflict

    “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”—Babe...

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