Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Liquid Planner makes project management easy

In a recent post at ReadWrite Web, they introduce us to the tool Liquid Planner. This is a tool for project management that allows users to host projects and have access to them no matter where they are in the world, as long as they have an internet connection. The tool focuses on three main things: task management, project scheduling, and collaboration.

The task management feature allows users to view their tasks and prioritize them. There is a timeline function as well as folders that can be further divided into sub folders.

The project scheduling function gives realistic time lines of when projects can be done. The Probabilistic Search Engine uses things such as math functions, ranged estimates and automated tracking to give proper times lines of when projects can be realistically finished.

The collaboration feature is very impressive. For each task, there is a wiki function that allows users to communicate, not only employees but anyone who needs to be given access to the project. There is also a place for documents to be uploaded.

Don Dedge gives a review in this blog post:

Liquid Planner has focused on a couple areas that strike that balance. Most project planning tools require you to declare a "single point" starting date and end date. The reality is that most times you aren't certain about the end date. So, Liquid Planner lets you enter a date range like 6 to 8 weeks. As the project goes along you can refine your estimates. They manage uncertainty with what they call Probabilistic Planning.

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