Project Communications
Management
Information Technology
Ishan Parekh
Roll No. # 315
Introduction
Introduction
 “The goal of communication is to deliver a message that
is read (or heard), understood and acted upon as
in...
Introduction (Contd.)
 Effective Communication creates a bridge between:
 diverse stakeholders, internal or external
 v...
Project Communications Management -
Processes
Communications Planning
Information Distribution
Performance Reporting
Manag...
Project Communications Management –
Processes (Contd.)
Communications Planning
Introduction
 Communication Planning is the process that determines:
 Project stakeholder information needs
 Suitable m...
Identifying Stakeholders
Communication Management Plan
Communications Management Plan -
Sample
Stakeholders
Document
Name
Document
Format
Contact Person Due
Customer
management
...
Information Distribution
Introduction
 Distribute information is the process of making
relevant information available to project
stakeholders as p...
Using Technology to Enhance Information
Distribution
 Project Management Information Systems
 Storage:
 Local Software
...
Formal and Informal Methods for
Distributing Information
 Formal
 Reports
 Memos
 Informal
 Ad-hoc discussions
Distributing Important Information in an
Effective and Timely Manner
 It is important to document any changes that might
...
Selecting the Appropriate Communications
Medium
Information Distribution Tools
 Hard copy, manual filing, press releases ...
Selecting the Appropriate Communications
Medium – Media Choice Table
How well medium is
suited to:
Hard
Copy
Phon
e Call
V...
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  • The 2001 Standish Group study found the top four factors related to information technology project success were executive support, user involvement, an experienced project manager, and clear business objectives. All of these factors depend on the project manager and team having good communication skills.
  • When IT professionals have to communicate with others, technical jargon can often complicate matters and confuse those who aren’t technically savvy. The gap between users and developers increases as technology advances. People often assume it is easy to pick up these soft skills, but they are important skills and, as such, people must learn and develop them.
  • This is how the four main processes in project communications management shall fall under the project management process groups.
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    1. 1. Project Communications Management Information Technology Ishan Parekh Roll No. # 315
    2. 2. Introduction
    3. 3. Introduction  “The goal of communication is to deliver a message that is read (or heard), understood and acted upon as intended by the writer (or speaker)”  Most of the problems in project environment can be traced to communication problems.  These problems can be minimized with better understanding of the Communication Process and various factors which influence it.  The communication is planned.
    4. 4. Introduction (Contd.)  Effective Communication creates a bridge between:  diverse stakeholders, internal or external  various cultural and organizational backgrounds  different levels of expertise  various perspectives  various interests, in project execution or outcome.
    5. 5. Project Communications Management - Processes Communications Planning Information Distribution Performance Reporting Managing Stakeholders
    6. 6. Project Communications Management – Processes (Contd.)
    7. 7. Communications Planning
    8. 8. Introduction  Communication Planning is the process that determines:  Project stakeholder information needs  Suitable means of meeting above needs  Communications Plan documents approach as to how to communicate most efficiently and effectively  Effective communication means information is provided in the right format, right time and with the right impact  In most cases Communications Planning is done early in the project to facilitate appropriate time and budget.  Communication Planning linked with organization structure influences the communications requirements.
    9. 9. Identifying Stakeholders
    10. 10. Communication Management Plan
    11. 11. Communications Management Plan - Sample Stakeholders Document Name Document Format Contact Person Due Customer management Monthly status report Hard copy Tina Erndt, Tom Silva First of month Customer business staff Monthly status report Hard copy Julie Grant, Sergey Cristobal First of month Customer technical staff Monthly status report E-mail Li Chau, Nancy Michaels First of month Internal management Monthly status report Hard copy Bob Thomson First of month Internal business and technical staff Monthly status report Intranet Angie Liu First of month Training subcontractor Training plan Hard copy Jonathan Kraus 11/1/2006 Software subcontractor Software implementation plan E-mail Najwa Gates 6/1/2006 Comments: Put the titles and dates of documents in e-mail headings and have recipients acknowledge receipt.
    12. 12. Information Distribution
    13. 13. Introduction  Distribute information is the process of making relevant information available to project stakeholders as planned.  The focus is on “implementing communications management plan” (execution).
    14. 14. Using Technology to Enhance Information Distribution  Project Management Information Systems  Storage:  Local Software  Intranet  Extranet  Internet  Templates & Samples of project documents
    15. 15. Formal and Informal Methods for Distributing Information  Formal  Reports  Memos  Informal  Ad-hoc discussions
    16. 16. Distributing Important Information in an Effective and Timely Manner  It is important to document any changes that might affect performance.  People have a tendency of not wanting to report bad information.  Oral communication via meetings and informal talks helps bring important information out into the open.  New ideas like stand-up meetings and e-mail free days help in building relationships.
    17. 17. Selecting the Appropriate Communications Medium Information Distribution Tools  Hard copy, manual filing, press releases and shared access electronic databases  Electronic communication and conferencing tools: such as e-mail, fax, voice-mail, telephone video and web conferencing, web sites and web publishing  Electronic tools for project management: such as web interfaces to scheduling and project management software, meeting and virtual office support software, portals, and collaborative work management tools.
    18. 18. Selecting the Appropriate Communications Medium – Media Choice Table How well medium is suited to: Hard Copy Phon e Call Voice Mail E-Mail Meeting Web Site Building consensus 3 2 3 3 1 3 Resolving a misunderstanding 3 1 3 3 2 3 Expressing support/appreciation 1 2 2 1 2 3 Conveying a reference document 1 3 3 3 3 2 Asking an informational question 3 1 1 1 3 3 Making a simple request 3 1 1 1 3 3 Addressing many people 2 3 2 2 3 1 Key: 1- Excellent; 2- Adequate; 3- Inappropriate

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