What Is LiquidPlanner?

LiquidPlanner is a project management solution for teams that want to plan, predict, and perform beyond expectations. It’s a new way to align your people, projects and priorities to ensure the right people are working on the right things at the right time.

Predictive scheduling dynamically adapts to change and manages uncertainty, so you always know in real-time when work will be done. Rated the best software for complex projects by PC Magazine, smarter planning is a click away.

Who Uses LiquidPlanner?

Engineering, technology and manufacturing teams love LiquidPlanner planning intelligence that informs resource alignment, enhances collaboration and enables teams to deliver projects with confidence.

Where can LiquidPlanner be deployed?

Cloud-based
On-premise

About the vendor

  • LiquidPlanner
  • Founded in 2006

LiquidPlanner support

  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra and 224 others

Languages

English

LiquidPlanner pricing

Starting Price:

US$15.00/month
  • Yes, has free trial
  • Yes, has free version

LiquidPlanner has a free version and offers a free trial. LiquidPlanner paid version starts at US$15.00/month.

Pricing plans get a free trial

About the vendor

  • LiquidPlanner
  • Founded in 2006

LiquidPlanner support

  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Countries available

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra and 224 others

Languages

English

LiquidPlanner videos and images

LiquidPlanner Software - My Work View allows you to always know what you need to work on next so you're never guessing what the priority is for you. This is a personalized view of all your project work. This view allows you to understand your workload and balance accordingly.
LiquidPlanner Software - Dashboards provide a high-level summary that allows you to visualize all your projects, tasks, and priorities in one place. Here is where you can see if you're at risk of missing project deadlines across the portfolio of projects.
LiquidPlanner Software - Project view is where you can drill down into the project details to assign tasks, set priorities, and easily assess schedule risk. This level of insight allows you to make changes to the project plan before deadlines are missed.
LiquidPlanner Software - Time Sheets allow you to track how many hours are spent on tasks and projects, so you have deeper insights into where your time is spent. Time tracking allows you to collaborate with your team more efficiently,  to make the most of your team's time and re
LiquidPlanner Software - This view visualizes your entire team's workload, which is unique to LiquidPlanner. This allows you to see bottlenecks in the project before missed deadlines. Automatic resource leveling helps to ensure a balanced workload across the team.
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LiquidPlanner video
LiquidPlanner Software - My Work View allows you to always know what you need to work on next so you're never guessing what the priority is for you. This is a personalized view of all your project work. This view allows you to understand your workload and balance accordingly.
LiquidPlanner Software - Dashboards provide a high-level summary that allows you to visualize all your projects, tasks, and priorities in one place. Here is where you can see if you're at risk of missing project deadlines across the portfolio of projects.
LiquidPlanner Software - Project view is where you can drill down into the project details to assign tasks, set priorities, and easily assess schedule risk. This level of insight allows you to make changes to the project plan before deadlines are missed.
LiquidPlanner Software - Time Sheets allow you to track how many hours are spent on tasks and projects, so you have deeper insights into where your time is spent. Time tracking allows you to collaborate with your team more efficiently,  to make the most of your team's time and re
LiquidPlanner Software - This view visualizes your entire team's workload, which is unique to LiquidPlanner. This allows you to see bottlenecks in the project before missed deadlines. Automatic resource leveling helps to ensure a balanced workload across the team.

Features of LiquidPlanner

  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Business Process Automation
  • Calendar Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Change Management Software
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard Software
  • Drag & Drop
  • File Sharing Software
  • Forecasting
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Kanban Board
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Portfolio Management
  • Prioritization
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Planning Software
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Real-time Alerts
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Remote Support Software
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Resource Management Software
  • Resource Scheduling
  • Risk Management Software
  • Scenario Planning
  • Skills Tracking
  • Status Tracking
  • Task Management Software
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Template Management
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Utilization Reporting
  • Visualization
  • Workflow Configuration
  • Workflow Management Software

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Reviews of LiquidPlanner

Average score

Overall
4.3
Ease of Use
3.9
Customer Service
4.4
Features
4.1
Value for Money
4.0

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Thomas
Operations Manager in UK
Construction, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Liquid planner bridges the gap between manufacturing and construction.

5.0 2 weeks ago New

Comments: We sit between manufacturing and construction, this system bridges the gap between a resource planner and project management tool. It is the only system we have found that makes intuitive changes to project dates based on changes to resource or changes to projects and assigned personnel.

Pros:

The software is intuitive combining both resource planning and project management, both systems influencing each other, giving accurate predictions based on real time information and updates.

Cons:

The Gant chart for individual and the overall project portfolio is very basic cannot be exported as a report. When changing priorities the effect of the change cannot be demonstrated against the previous expected finish dates as the previous dates are lost. It would be good if you could mock run a change of the project priority and the system showed the previous finish dates dates against the new dates, demonstrating the effect the priority change has on the project finish.Sending an email on significant project milestones would be a good feature.

Alternatives Considered: monday.com

Reasons for Choosing LiquidPlanner: Monday only predicts in half days task could only be calculated in days. Resources had no effect on finish dates of projects. Finish dates didn't change, the system only flags resource clashes but does not calculate the effect.

Switched From: monday.com

Reasons for Switching to LiquidPlanner: As stated above

Matthew
Senior Software Engineer in US
Biotechnology, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

LiquidPlanner Project Management that Works!

5.0 last year

Comments: We consolidated a variety of tools (spreadsheets, Microsoft Project, email) into a single project management system used by the entire company. This streamlined our training and minimized our project management overhead. LiquidPlanner did a great job at what it claimed to do - project management.

Pros:

The product was simple to use. It was easy to for remote access since it is a SAAS. It did a great job keeping track of project tasks. Each task was simple to enter and simple to manage. Task attachments and checklists were nice features that gave additional information to the person doing the task and the project manager.

Cons:

The software has a specific mentality about project management. If you follow that mentality, the software is amazing. If you decide you know better, it will lead to lots of lost time in trying to gain metrics from LiquidPlanner. Our team was trained on the former, but decided to do it their own way for about 16 months. It was a long hard battle to get our management team to switch to the LP mentality. When they finally did, the tool just worked with minimal effort and overhead. So, more our issue than LPs, but LP could be more flexible.

Alternatives Considered: Jama Connect and Cognition Cockpit

Reasons for Choosing LiquidPlanner: SAAS plus SSO features and consolidation of tools.

Switched From: Microsoft Project and Microsoft Excel

Reasons for Switching to LiquidPlanner: Team input and ease of use.

Chuck
Chuck
Principal System Engineer in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Biotechnology, 501-1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Liquid Planner is a Very Effective Tool for Project Planning and Management.

5.0 4 years ago

Comments: Our team is fairly small (~50 users across the company) so we do not have dedicated resources to just maintain the information in Liquid Planer. However, Liquid planner is accessible and intuitive so we can have several team members contribute to the maintenance of project schedules as part of their duties. We use Liquid Planner to manage the temporal aspects of project management. The tool is very good for what it is designed to do. There are a rich set of reporting tools that allow for customization to meet our needs. It has done this job for us very well. The support provided has been timely and effective.

Pros:

The product is well designed so that it is a relatively low bar to learn how to use it effectively. It is easy for team members to interact with the software and to enter the information according to each users project role. When used as intended, the software does an excellent job providing the necessary views into project status. The software definitely lives up to its name as modifying project plans and priorities is easy and the impacts of such changes are essentially instantly available. The numerous but intuitive ways to manage project subtleties such as available time, delays, etc. make it straightforward to create realistic project schedules.

Cons:

I do not have any specific negatives with respect to Liquid Planner. Like any software of this class, It does take some training and experience to get the most out of it. My best advice is to spend some time to understand how the designers intended the product to be used use it accordingly. LP has a rich set of features and if used properly will contribute positively to project management.

Gordon W
Gordon W
Digital Project Manager in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Design, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Powerful and Flexible Project and Resource Planning, But Falls Short When Applied To Agencies

4.0 4 years ago

Comments: This tool is extremely powerful and robust, but like any other tool, the quality of the data which comes out of it is only as good as the data that is put into it. We attempted over the course of 12 mos. to integrate this tool into our small agency (<25 users). While simple to use, the biggest challenge was buy-in from other department captains in using the tool to its full potential.

Pros:

I was very happy with the ease of use this product provided compared to some of the tools we used previously. It is built in a contemporary look and feel and is easy to navigate and manipulate data points in order to determine trends and better inform decisions. If you have the time and resources to dedicate to making sure the latest project data is always available, that is, due dates, estimated levels of effort remaining and hours logged are all kept up to date in a real-time basis, this tool has the potential to truly provide a wholistic and accurate view of the workload within an organization, along with any potential risks. The way the data are refreshed using the forecasting algorithms is a great feature which allows project managers to shift tasks around to determine how resources are affected.

Cons:

Despite the name of "Liquid" Planner, there were some decidedly "unliquid" principals in which the software was built upon which power the accuracy and overall value of the product. If more then 25% of these principals are not known or regularly updated, the entire product grinds to a halt and the value it provides is completely lost. It's not a fault of how the product was built. I never encountered a time where the service/software was down or unavailable and each time I reached out to the support team they were courteous and prompt with their response. Overall, I felt frustrated by the amount of data the tool needs (and how that data need to be structured) in order for the tool to be valuable and viable. More often than not, I felt myself and the team responsible for the tool were spending more time administering the tool itself rather than using the information coming out of the tool to better our projects.

katherine
IT Application Director in US
Hospital & Health Care, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Not flexible enough to be an all-in-one project and task management software

4.0 6 months ago

Comments: I liked LP for a long time but the notes section is awful so there was always a hole and required the use of other tools to manage design and long lists of action items for a task. The refresh on the kanban board has also gotten buggier over time so using it in meetings when you are quickly moving from task to task has been frustrating. I also struggled with limitations around requiring information and adding fields for task/project tracking that meant I had to always use tools outside of LP to communicate with other teams involve in a project, business sponsors and IT leadership. I have moved all of my real tracking into Notion where I have complete control over all of this and it has improved my team's productivity immeasurably! I will likely move completely away from LP in the future because it just is too rigid and inefficient.

Pros:

I like the conversation that LP forces around how much time something will take and the idea that building out a list of smaller to-do's will help you identify how much time a task will take to complete. I like LP so much more than a traditional project management tool.

Cons:

There is a lack of flexibility when looking at projects and tasks together. In Notion, I am much more able to plan out task due dates across multiple projects and tasks that are in-flight at the same time. LP does not have enough flexibility to really meet the needs of a small team working on lots of things at the same time. It is too siloed.

LiquidPlanner Response

6 months ago

Katherine Thank you for your candid and thorough feedback. We value customer feedback and incorporate it into our product development. We are so glad that LiquidPlanner helps your team estimate timelines more accurately. Ranged estimation is one of our core product features unique to other project management tools. We are sorry to hear that you are struggling to plan projects across your team's portfolio. Please reach out to me. We believe our team of experts can help your team solve any portfolio management problems. We also wanted to inform you that we completely rebuilt our tool based on feedback like yours last year. We invite you to try out our NEW LiquidPlanner product as we think it will solve the communication challenges you have been experiencing with the Classic product. Reach out to us anytime if you are experiencing problems. We are always here to help make your team as efficient as possible! - Ted Hawksford, CEO