LiquidPlanner is a web-based project-management tool that emphasises the fluidity you often need in the real world.

Project-management software can help workers collaborate and organise their tasks, but many available applications don't always adapt to the way real teams actually work.

That's why we like LiquidPlanner, a web-based project-management app that - as its name implies - emphasises the fluidity you often need in the real world.

Currently available as a free beta (the company hasn't announced a release date or pricing for the final version), LiquidPlanner provides a means of organising, assigning, and tracking tasks. It also includes tools that are designed to help project managers keep everyone on deadline.

Because LiquidPlanner is web-based, there's no software to download, which makes it quick and easy to set up. It is also easy to use, whether it's your first time trying out collaboration software or whether you're making a transition to it from a product such as Microsoft Project.

It offers many of the same features as the latter application, but goes the extra mile in offering a "probabilistic scheduling" feature that allows for more-realistic task scheduling.

This tool allows you to set a range of dates during which a project may be completed; you can, for example, estimate that a task will be completed in three to five days. Most software programs require you to pick a single date for the completion of your project.

While it would be great if all your projects were complete on your target date, that's not always the reality. LiquidPlanner's flexibility reflects the way projects develop in the real world.

Another neat feature is the ability to invite a "virtual member" to the team so that you can begin assigning tasks and projects to a team member when a specific individual hasn't yet been chosen for the job. LiquidPlanner has easy-to-use management and tracking functions that make it possible for the project leader to keep tabs on the work being done by others on the team.

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