Communication within a project is of primary importance, firstly because a project’s realization requires teamwork which is based on good communication, and secondly, the project needs to be steadily, consequently, effectively and appropriately communicated to stakeholders, according to their level of engagement (see “Project Stakeholder Management”).
Project Communications Management is concerned with all activities about the planned generation, collection, storage and dissemination of messages and information regarding the project to specific audiences. Its processes include:
Planning communications management
The first step is to create a project communications management plan, to define what will be sent, to whom, how, when, and by whom. The following factors should be considered:
The communications plan should cover all stakeholders, reassure, and retain their support, as well as prevent surprises.
Managing project communications
This step involves carrying out the communications plan; namely, the collection and analysis of data as well as the generation, distribution, collection, storage/archiving, retrieval and disposal of messages. Regular reviewing and updating of the communications plan as necessary is paramount to address changing circumstances and provided feedback/
Monitor project communications
Monitoring and controlling project communications occur throughout the project’s lifecycle and its methods and frequency are foreseen in the communications plan. It includes that the plan was implemented correctly, communication was disseminated and interpreted as planned and relevant feedback was duly provided.