At a Glance
- Good for complex projects
Manage projects with this for-pay Web site.
If you’ve got a big, complicated project to manage, and multiple
people involved in it, you’ve got a headache in the making. Not
only is it difficult to understand all the moving pieces, but it
can be even harder to keep everyone on track–and for everyone
involved to see the big picture, and communicate with one another.
The LiquidPlanner 3.0 website can help solve the problem.
LiquidPlanner offers online project management, and includes
scheduling, tracking, collaboration, and reporting tools. For the
uninitiated it’s not easy to use, and at $29 a person, it’s not
inexpensive. But if you’ve got a very large project that need
wrangling, and are willing to put in the effort to learn how to use
the site, it may well be worth the cost.
A central dashboard lets you create new projects, and then add
tasks, subfolders, subprojects, deadlines, and so on. LiquidPlanner
takes a fill-in-the-forms approach, although those forms aren’t
always easy to fill out. If you’re not used to the concept of
dependencies and other concepts related to project management, you
may find yourself at a loss.
Useful is that when you set up multiple events, schedules, and
so on, LiquidPlanner automatically collates everything so that
you’ll be able to quickly see the project at a glance, see any
conflicts and problems, and make changes.
LiquidPlanner is designed for multiple people to use, and it
becomes even more useful when it collates everyone’s tasks and
timelines to show any conflicts, and help keep everything on track.
Also included are collaboration tools such as sharing files, making
comments, sending Web links, and so on.
This Web software will only be worth the cost for those who need
to manage very large and complex projects, because of the cost
involved. If you have ten people working on an ongoing project, for
example, at a cost of $29 per person per month, that adds up to a
very substantial $3,480 per year. So you’ll want to think long and
hard whether LiquidPlanner is worth the cost.
LiquidPlanner doesn’t have the depth of features that Microsoft Project
has, such as being able to so closely match and track dependencies.
But Microsoft Project doesn’t have the group features of
LiquidPlanner. Microsoft Project is better suited when there is a
single project manager in charge of a very large project or group
of projects; LiquidPlanner is better for group collaboration.
Because it combines collaboration and project planning,
LiquidPlanner may well be very useful for many people. But
LiquidPlanner is not for the faint-hearted or short of wallet,
because there’s a considerable learning curve–and it takes a
considerable bite out of your budget. It’s not designed for
individuals, and will put you back $29 a month per person using
it–less than Project in some cases, but not an inconsiderable
cost. It may even be overkill even for very small businesses.
Note: The price reflected here is the price for
a one-month subscription. This link takes you to the vendor’s site,
where you must register to use the software.