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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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  • In an Information Desert, Rumors Are a Mirage, Not an Oasis

    In an Information Desert, Rumors Are a Mirage, Not an Oasis

    Working in an office where leadership doesn’t communicate about the critical issues affecting the company is like wandering a desert without a canteen. You wander the office seeking to quench your...

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  • Ask a PM: How Do I Cancel a Struggling Project?

    Ask a PM: How Do I Cancel a Struggling Project?

    Dear Elizabeth: My project is struggling, but no one except me can see it. I don’t have the authority to cancel the project, but I don’t think it’s worth my team working on it. On top of that,...

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  • How to Create and Energize a Fan Base

    How to Create and Energize a Fan Base

    I was super excited to sit down with Tod Leiweke, the first CEO of NHL Seattle, just a week before Seattle was awarded its new NHL franchise today.As a former professional hockey player and an...

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  • People Are Not Cogs: How to Manage a Project with People, not Resources

    People Are Not Cogs: How to Manage a Project with People, not Resources

    In a factory, people are managed like a piece of equipment, a resource that is applied to a well-described task. Anyone who has been trained in this task can be assigned and the same result is...

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  • What Project Managers Need to Know about GDPR (Even If You Don’t Work in Europe)—Part Two

    What Project Managers Need to Know about GDPR (Even If You Don’t Work in Europe)—Part Two

    In the first part of this series on the General Data Protection Regulation, I discussed how GDPR provides for one set of data protection rules for companies operating within the European Union...

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  • Five Ways to Thank Your Team without Breaking the Bank

    Five Ways to Thank Your Team without Breaking the Bank

    With Thanksgiving in a couple of days and the December holidays approaching, I’m reminded of the importance of taking the time to recognize the team. As managers, we should recognize teams...

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  • Stopping the Takeover: How to Manage Scope Creep

    Stopping the Takeover: How to Manage Scope Creep

    It lurks as though it’s coming from the shadows. Its insidious presence looms, threatening to take charge of everything we do.It. Is. Scope creep.Scope creep is the tendency for software...

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  • The New Normal: Collaboration and Creativity Grow at LiquidPlanner with a New Work Culture

    The New Normal: Collaboration and Creativity Grow at LiquidPlanner with a New Work Culture

    In the year since Todd Humphrey stepped in as CEO and brought Charles Seybold back as chief product officer at LiquidPlanner, the energy at our office has drastically changed.“There’s more...

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  • Introducing Todd Talks

    Introducing Todd Talks

    Since joining LiquidPlanner 12 months ago, I’ve put my competitive spirit, passion for sports, and 20 years of technology startup experience to good use.By taking the crown jewels of our...

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  • What Project Managers Need to Know about GDPR (Even If You Don’t Work in Europe)

    What Project Managers Need to Know about GDPR (Even If You Don’t Work in Europe)

    It seems like every week a company is in the news for misusing data. Whether it’s concern with how our data is being used by marketing firms or about companies “losing” thousands of credit card...

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  • Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

    Ask a PM: How to Get Proper Estimates

    Dear Elizabeth: I work in a technical team as a project manager. We do a lot of projects that are innovative (for us), and my development colleagues always seem reluctant when it comes to...

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  • Ditch the Scales: Why Work-Life Balance Doesn’t Work

    Ditch the Scales: Why Work-Life Balance Doesn’t Work

    Recently, I realized I occasionally pit work and life against each other in my mind, and these moments certainly don’t help my positivity during the week.Instead of treating work and life like...

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  • Want Great Work from Your Project Team? Get Happy

    Want Great Work from Your Project Team? Get Happy

    We’ve often been taught that happiness is the result of success, but what if it’s actually the other way around? That’s what one researcher in the field of positive psychology, Shawn Achor, has...

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  • Eat Your Lunch: Why It’s Important to Take a Break at Work

    Eat Your Lunch: Why It’s Important to Take a Break at Work

    I’m the first to admit that I work through lunch more often than I should. Usually so I can beat the traffic during my commute home.Working through lunch doesn’t mean I skip lunch, however. Too...

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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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