It's no fun micromanaging people. We'd all like to think people can be responsible for their own duties. Working collaboratively in teams, however, has the potential of breaking down. This is where tools like LiquidPlanner come in, to help itemize and track critical workflow details for project teams.

Checklist Style Task Management, Less Email

LiquidPlanner has updated to version 4.3, and it includes checklists for tracking task changes and email notifications for things like adding documents or marking items done. Any task can now include a checklist, and they can be reordered by drag and drop. Additionally, an entire checklist can be copied for use in a similar task.

Some projects need to be tracked via email, and to make sure nothing gets missed, LiquidPlanner includes over a dozen filter options for the kinds of items than can trigger email notifications. Likewise, to keep inboxes a tad bit cleaner, only the actions that have to get emailed need to be included. Pick and choose based on people's preferred workflow.  

screenshot-liquidplannertasks-2013.jpg

Add checklists to any task (above image), and manage work schedules with LiquidPlanner's predictive automated scheduling.  

Like most other project management offerings, LiquidPlanner employs a timeline layout for following along with what other people are working on. Version 4.3 now offers threaded conversations instead of a time ordered style, a move aimed at making particular conversations easier to follow.

Competing with Asana, Work.com, SharePoint

LiquidPlanner occupies a crowded segment in the enterprise because it goes up against some widespread and powerful systems from Microsoft and Salesforce. Additionally, startup Asana has proved quite popular in the task management space since it surfaced just two years ago.  

Work.com and SharePoint are no doubt meant for enterprise companies, and LiquidPlanner and Asana both surely have their sights set on the same kinds of businesses. But because they are not as versatile, LiquidPlanner and Asana are likely better for small teams and mid-sized companies. 

That says more about how much functionality is squeezed into Work.com and SharePoint than about what their competitors do. Furthermore, LiquidPlanner's scheduling management features are something none of its competitors have, so for companies who need to coordinate large workforce schedules, it looks to be the winner. It's newest features simply fill in some of the gaps where products like Asana have really excelled.