What Are Project Communications?

The communications of a project include all means and manners that the project interacts with all its stakeholders. This not only includes the standard, formal communication items such as

Per PMI, project managers should spend 90% of their time communicating.

  • Status reports
  • Progress review meetings
  • Kickoff meetings
  • Executive reports
  • Presentations
  • Financial reports
  • Government (or external agency) reports
  • Issue logs
  • Risk logs
  • Change request logs
  • Role-responsibility matrix
  • Project organization chart
  • Any project deliverable

but can also include organizational change management communications such as

  • Project name/identity
  • Project website
  • Organizational change management plan
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) references
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Newsletters
  • Public relation notices
  • Roadshows
  • One-on-one meetings with key stakeholders

While the nature of your individual project (number and type of stakeholders, location of stakeholders, and overall project risk level) will dictate how many of these elements are part of your project, the next set of project communications are included on every project, and are likely the most important part of project communications: the day-to-day, interpersonal communications that occur between the project team and the project stakeholders. These include interactions in the following forms, plus others:

  • Face-to-face
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Voice mail
  • Meetings

Later in this chapter, we will review simple but powerful tips to improve your interpersonal communication skills, and we will review important reminders to help you choose the best medium/tool for your desired message.

Part i. Project Management Jumpstart

Project Management Overview

The Project Manager

Essential Elements for any Successful Project

Part ii. Project Planning

Defining a Project

Planning a Project

Developing the Work Breakdown Structure

Estimating the Work

Developing the Project Schedule

Determining the Project Budget

Part iii. Project Control

Controlling a Project

Managing Project Changes

Managing Project Deliverables

Managing Project Issues

Managing Project Risks

Managing Project Quality

Part iv. Project Execution

Leading a Project

Managing Project Communications

Managing Expectations

Keys to Better Project Team Performance

Managing Differences

Managing Vendors

Ending a Project

Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
Absolute Beginner[ap]s Guide to Project Management
ISBN: 078973821X
Year: 2006
Pages: 169

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