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Types of Project Management Communication – Developing a Plan

Types of Project Management Communication – Developing a Plan (#2 in the series Types of Project Management Communication)
By Alexander Hankewicz

Frequently when project teams convene to discuss post-project reviews, project team members feel that if communication had been better, the project would have gone smoother. The reason communication in project management is crucial is because it can impact a project’s success, and it is very important that project managers use the right types of communication during a project.

Types of Project Management Communication

The issues project managers (PMs) have to communicate about on a regular basis include:

  1. buy-in and acceptance of major project decisions and milestones
  2. acquiring resources and managing budgets
  3. providing status reports on project schedule and deliverables
  4. providing classroom training and preparing user guides
  5. negotiations with third-party software vendors
  6. presentations to project sponsors and stakeholders
  7. mapping current processes and validating their findings
  8. development of process models and managing project documentation
  9. kickoff meetings
  10. executive reports
  11. presentations
  12. financial reports
  13. issue logs
  14. risk logs
  15. change request logs
  16. role-responsibility matrix
  17. project organization chart

Given the nature of the communication models above, it is clear that listening is of equal importance to asking the correct questions and validating observations. Read the Complete Article

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