LiquidPlanner Review

LiquidPlanner
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Seattle, WA
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LiquidPlanner At A Glance

Good: Predictive algorithms that automatically update Gantt charts by recalculating estimated project completion dates and projecting realistic task deadlines.
Bad: Dashboards don't sufficiently meet C-level executives' visibility needs.
Bottom Line: A cloud-based project management system that centralizes critical information and automates tasks like timekeeping and task management.

Product Overview

LiquidPlanner is a easy-to-use project management solution made with the workflow of technology teams in mind.

The dynamic features reflect the vendor’s belief that “teams work best when they organize by priority, make best-case/worst-case estimates and collaborate in a central location.”

With robust functions like resource leveling and predictive scheduling, the simple, single-view interface makes it easy to keep your eye on the big picture for company projects.

Features

LiquidPlanner’s scalable features fall under four main categories:

1.) Predictive Scheduling

LiquidPlanner uses a predictive algorithm with priority-based scheduling and resource leveling to automatically estimate deadlines and resource availability as the system is updated. Tools like ranged estimates allow each team member to see when a task will be completed based on multiple factors, such as best-case and worst-case scenarios. LiquidPlanner uses this information to generate a Gantt chart for everyone to stay on task.

2.) Task Management

The Task Management tools easily organize and store projects, tasks, schedules and documents in a central location, giving project team members easy access to critical information. Team members can stay up to date and voice their opinions/ideas with commenting and collaboration features integrated into the software. Simple dashboards give users full visibility of company projects and workloads so you can easily pinpoint what’s working and what needs changing.

3.) Time Tracking

LiquidPlanner makes time tracking second nature with dynamic tools like timers and automatic prompts to track and log time spent on a task. This module also contains a tab called Timesheet that allows users to look back on completed tasks and review upcoming work at a glance.

4.) Gantt Charts

Instead of entering estimates and revisions manually, LiquidPlanner automatically recalculates deadlines and estimated completion dates with every update put into the system, whether it deals with a schedule change, hours logged or task completion. Each schedule bar has an “E” on the expected finish date to show when the project will most likely be completed, keeping the team on the same page.

  • Budget & Expense Management?
  • Collaboration?
  • File Sharing?
  • Gantt Charts?
  • Mobile?
  • Task Management?
  • Time Tracking?

Target Market

From small businesses to enterprises, LiquidPlanner is passionate about simple project management for all types of companies.

Below we’ve listed 10 examples of clients:

  • University of Puget Sound
  • MicroNav Simulation and Training
  • Monarch Teaching Technologies Inc.
  • Airways New Zealand
  • Purdue Solar Racing
  • npower Northwest
  • rotork
  • SCHAWK!
  • SharedVue
  • Tangent Design Engineering Services

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Implementation/Integration

LiquidPlanner is a cloud-based solution, making it quick and simple to implement into a company’s workflow.

The project management solution can integrate with many popular file sharing and storage services, such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Box.

Customer Service & Support

LiquidPlanner has a Help Center with a number of resources for customers to find answers. For more in-depth support, customers can file an online bug report or contact support staff by email, online chat or phone, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time.

Pricing

LiquidPlanner offers three pricing levels to choose from. Note that prices are listed per month, but are billed annually.

  1. Small Team – $9.99/user per month for 5 users. Great for small teams that value project visibility.
  2. Professional – $39/user per month with a 10 user minimum. Ideal for teams managing complex projects.
  3. Enterprise – $69/user per month with a 10 user minimum. Designed to manage comprehensive project portfolios and manage resources.

Shortcomings

Some customers have said the dashboards don’t sufficiently handle the project visibility needs of a C-level executive. They suggest that LiquidPlanner is better suited for smaller companies that need an integrated time and project management solution.

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About

LiquidPlanner was founded in 2006, and it’s built itself on the belief that “even in the face of complexity, uncertainty and constant change, project management should be simple and effective.”

Committed to its customers, the company provides them with services based on four qualities: service, quality, transparency and reliability.

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