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Project communication management


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Project Communication Management

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Project communication management

  1. 1. GAL/IT/2014/F/0026 P.P. Kariyawasam
  2. 2. What is project communication management • The processes required to ensure timely and appropriate generation, collection, distribution, storage, retrieval, and ultimate disposition of project information
  3. 3. Importance of Good Communications • The greatest threat to many projects is a failure to communicate. • Research shows that IT professionals must be able to communicate effectively to succeed in their positions. • Strong verbal skills are a key factor in career advancement for IT professionals.
  4. 4. Why Do We Manage Communications? • Project Managers spend most of their time communicating • Communication is complex; requiring choices between: • Sender-Receiver models • Choice of media • Writing style • Presentation techniques • Meeting management
  5. 5. Project Communications Management Processes 1. Communications planning 2. Information distribution 3. Performance reporting 4. Managing stakeholders
  6. 6. 1. Communication Planning Determining the information and communications needs of the stakeholders. • This process should include • Communications Management Plan • a document that guides project communications. • Stakeholder Analyze • This also aid in communication planning. • analyze communication needs of the stake holders, who needs what information, when they will need it, how it will be given to them, and by whom. • Suggested methods or technologies for conveying the information. Output - Communications Management Plan
  7. 7. 2. Information distribution Making needed information available to project stakeholders in a timely manner. • Project Records • Project Reports • Project Presentations Inputs Outputs Tools & Techniques • Communication Management Plan • Project Plan • Communications methods • Information distribution and report generation tools
  8. 8. 2.1 Encouraging More Face-to-Face Interactions • Short, frequent meetings are often very effective in IT projects. • Stand-up meetings force people to focus on what they really need to communicate. • Some companies have policies preventing the use of e-mail between certain hours or even entire days of the week. 2.2 Information Distribution Media • Meeting • Hard Copy • Telephone Call • Voicemail • E-Mail • Website
  9. 9. 2.3 Suggestions for Improving Project Communications •Manage conflicts effectively. •Develop better communication skills. •Run effective meetings. •Use e-mail effectively. •Use templates for project communications.
  10. 10. Collecting and disseminating performance information, including status reports, progress measurement, and forecasting. 3. Performance Reporting • Performance reports • Change Requests Inputs Outputs Tools & Techniques • Project plan • Work results • Other project Records • Performance Reviews • Variance Analysis • Trend Analysis • Earned Value Analysis • Information distribution tools and techniques Examples for performance reporting tools • Oracle Fusion Project Performance Reporting • Microsoft Project
  11. 11. Managing communications to satisfy the needs and expectations of project stakeholders and to resolve issues. • Project manager and project team members shod work with different kinds of stakeholders. • Good stakeholder management help to improve efficiency of project management and organizational growth. • Project successes impact on stakeholders. 4. Managing Stakeholders
  12. 12. Using Software to Assist in Project Communications • There are many software tools to aid in project communications. • Examples • Skype - Video Conferencing • Team Viewer – Video Conferencing • Go to Go Meeting – Virtual Meeting Software • Box – Document storage and collaboration • Social Medias – Establish father more communication • E.g Twitter,Google plus,Facebook • Project management software includes new capabilities to enhance virtual communications. • New tools, such as instant messaging and blogs, can enhance project communications. • Project communication tools can help to decrease project costs.
  13. 13. • References • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge 4th Edition • tools/ • Information Technology Project Management”, Kathy Schwalbe, sixth Edition • LMS Notes
  14. 14. Sample Stakeholder Analysis
  15. 15. Media Choise Table