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  • Michael Myers—Performance Review

    Michael Myers—Performance Review

    In the workforce, everyone receives an annual performance review—even horror icons like Michael Myers. Since 1978, Michael Myers has demonstrated his perseverance in pursuing his sister, Laurie...

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  • Ask a PM: How to Manage Dependencies and Assess Risks

    Ask a PM: How to Manage Dependencies and Assess Risks

    Dear Elizabeth: The project I am working on is quite complex. Our work overlaps with that of other teams, plus there are a few things in the business that might have an impact on what we are...

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  • How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

    How to Prioritize Work When Everything Is #1

    All projects—especially large, complex projects—need clear priorities. Easier said than done. You can count on technical projects, no matter how well-planned, to involve change orders,...

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  • Working for the Weekend: Increasing Productivity, Efficiency, and Profitability with a Four-Day...

    Working for the Weekend: Increasing Productivity, Efficiency, and Profitability with a Four-Day...

    The dream of an extra day off each week is more plausible than you think.More companies are investigating the idea of a four-day workweek after a New Zealand trusts firm found its employees were...

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  • 7 Essential Time Management Strategies

    7 Essential Time Management Strategies

    To get ahead in your career, deliver your projects successfully and to get a promotion or a pay rise, you must learn to consistently focus on the activities that add the most benefit to your...

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  • The Key to Successful Projects: Resource Leveling in LiquidPlanner

    The Key to Successful Projects: Resource Leveling in LiquidPlanner

    There are lots of project management tools that make it easy for managers to overbook their teams, in addition to taking on project work that they don’t realistically have the resources to handle....

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  • 5 Steps to a Successful Rollout of LiquidPlanner

    5 Steps to a Successful Rollout of LiquidPlanner

    When you select a great new piece of software for your team, it’s an exciting time. You’re anticipating a better way of working and all the long-awaited benefits. “Yeah, it’s here!” (“But now we...

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  • A Project Manager is a Superhero (or, their Mild-Mannered Alter Ego)

    A Project Manager is a Superhero (or, their Mild-Mannered Alter Ego)

    If one reads the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (or as the cognoscenti call it, PMI’s PMBOK) you’d think there was just one way to be a project manager; a...

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  • Three Real Agile Team Challenges and How to Solve Them

    Three Real Agile Team Challenges and How to Solve Them

    Agile means a lot of different things to different project teams.  Many teams I meet describe themselves as “Agilish” or use “Scrumerfall”.  These teams struggle with Agile practices as business...

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  • LiquidPlanner vs. Task Management Software: An Evaluation Guide

    LiquidPlanner vs. Task Management Software: An Evaluation Guide

    Our LiquidPlanner product experts dedicate a lot of time to speaking with people considering new, more productive Project Management (PM) tools. A question we are often asked is: How does...

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  • 5 Steps to Making Your Project Meetings Effective

    5 Steps to Making Your Project Meetings Effective

    —Meetings.They are the bane of every project managers existence, consuming wide swaths of the calendar without any appreciation for real work to be accomplished.  Or are they?In the past eight...

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  • Track Your Projects with these 5 LiquidPlanner Reports

    Track Your Projects with these 5 LiquidPlanner Reports

    LiquidPlanner is a treasure trove of project data. Take advantage of this data, track your projects, and create quick reports with these five reporting features from LiquidPlanner.Project Workload...

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  • 7 Ways to Sell Agile to Project Stakeholders

    7 Ways to Sell Agile to Project Stakeholders

    Whether you’re making the move to Agile project management in your development group or creating an Agile process for your in-house project management methodology, chances are you’re going to have...

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  • The PM Skills You Can Forget About (And the Ones You Really Need to Know)

    The PM Skills You Can Forget About (And the Ones You Really Need to Know)

    What are the project management skills that you really need to focus on today?I hear from project managers every week who aren’t sure what skills they should be building on. So much of what you...

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  • Project Management Challenge: Teams Are Using Different Methodologies

    Project Management Challenge: Teams Are Using Different Methodologies

    Project teams love their methodologies. And for good reason. If you launch a project without structure, you’re setting yourself and the team up for failure. Teams typically choose a planning...

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  • 5 Reasons Why Using Spreadsheets is a Horrible Way to Manage Projects

    5 Reasons Why Using Spreadsheets is a Horrible Way to Manage Projects

    Once in my career, I was lucky enough to work with a true Excel spreadsheet master. Chris could make Excel do anything, except he never used spreadsheets to manage a project. He was a wise...

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  • Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Project Management Strategies

    Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Project Management Strategies

    As project managers, we’re driven by dates. Customers, senior managers and stakeholders all want to know how long it will take to complete a project. And as project management professionals, we’re...

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  • How to Set Start and Finish Dates in LiquidPlanner

    How to Set Start and Finish Dates in LiquidPlanner

    When you’re first starting out with LiquidPlanner, it can feel a bit like you’re taking your hands off the wheel.Typically, project schedules are built out by charting planned start and finish...

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  • How to Write Status Reports that are Worth Reading

    How to Write Status Reports that are Worth Reading

    Status reports are a critical part of project management. We all write them, but hardly anyone reads them. I don’t know how many times I’ve had a stakeholder claim to not know something that was...

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  • Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?

    Will a Project Management Certification Help Your Career?

    Let’s say you’re well-qualified in your technical skills—be it Java, programming languages, infrastructure, networks or system administration. Qualifications take time and effort, but as well as...

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