WWW… Wednesday! LiquidPlanner
by Taylor Slattery | September 14, 2022
If you’ve spent any time working as part of a remote team, you’ve likely used one of the many different project management tools available on the market. You’ve probably also quickly discovered the areas in which said tool falls short. If you’re part of a team that’s looking to switch tools to fill in some of those gaps, LiquidPlanner is another option worth considering.
LiquidPlanner’s main feature that helps it to stand out from the crowded project management space is its predictive scheduling. This proprietary engine uses simulations to predict when your products will be done and automates your task due dates using realistic forecasts. This allows teams to more accurately assess their priorities and make scheduling adjustments on the fly with confidence. This makes it a great option for smaller companies, and teams who lack the extra manpower to dedicate to this sort of work will benefit the most from automation. This is also useful for teams with members working overseas or across different time zones where scheduling meetings is difficult. LiquidPlanner functions as an automatically updated single source of truth that is intelligently guiding the whole team towards the project’s completion.
This engine also makes it possible to view team members’ workloads on a more granular level. While some project management tools simply display the number of ongoing projects each team member is working on, LiquidPlanner’s project forecasts add another degree of fidelity by taking each respective project’s complexity into consideration. LiquidPlanner uses this information to provide an approximation of each team member’s workload based on their total number of hours available and the amount already dedicated to ongoing projects. This way, team members whose schedules may appear light due to the presence of only a single, albeit, time-demanding project, are not mistakenly overburdened with additional work.
Like other project management tools, LiquidPlanner allows for tasks and projects to be viewed in a convenient kanban board visualization. This single source of truth across all teams becomes all the more powerful thanks to LiquidPlanner’s automation which updates team-wide priorities based on its predictive scheduling data. This keeps members across all teams on the same page and focused on the most relevant items with the highest priority.
Naturally, this data-centric approach to project management extends to LiquidPlanner’s time management tools as well. From scheduling and alerts to timesheets, the utility of LiquidPlanner’s time tracking is twofold. In addition to the uses listed above, time tracking data also allows for more accurate project management and performance risk insights, helping to eliminate uncertainty so you can make more informed decisions.
LiquidPlanner is free to try. You can learn more here.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.