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Project Communications Management
§  Ensure the timely collection, generation, distribution, storage, retrieval and ultimate disposition of project information
§  this Knowledge Area is very important to the ultimate success of the project
§  message transmission: 7% in word, 38% in vocal pitch, 55% in body language
§  must not delay in communicating good and even bad news
§  the sender has the responsibility to ensure the receiver correctly understand the message
§  if part of the project is procured, more formal written communication will be expected
Plan Communications Management
§  Inputs: Project Charter, Project Management Plan, Project Documents, EEF, OPA
§  Tools & Techniques: Expert Judgement, Communication Requirements Analysis, Communication Technology, Communication Models, Interpersonal and Team Skills, Data Representation, Meetings
§  Outputs: Communications Management Plan, Project Management Plan Update, Project Documents Update
§  identify the needs for communication with stakeholders of the project
§  including the who, what, when (frequency), why, where and how of communications needs and the persons responsible
§  may need to limit who can communicate with whom and who will receive what information
§  time and budget for the resources, escalation path, flow charts, constraints, guideline and templates
§  efficient communication: only the required messages
§  effective communication: right timing, right format, right medium
§  Communication Methods
§  interactive (multidirectional communication, most effective)
§  push (active, messages sent without validation of receipt)
§  pull (passive, access directly by stakeholders)
§  low context vs high context (Japanese — more polite)
§  (Shannon-Weaver model) Sender-Receiver Model: i) encoded the idea, ii) message and feedback, iii) medium, iv) noise level, v) the decoded idea. The sender to ensure info is clear, complete and the recipient correct understands. The recipient to ensure the complete message is received (to acknowledge) and provide feedback/response.
§  Effective Listening:
§  feedback
§  active listening
§  paralingual (voice expression, nonverbal elements)
§  Communication channels: N (N -1) / 2      // N is the number of team members
§  meetings should facilitate problem-solving
§  As a norm, PM spends 90% of their time on COMMUNICATION activities, 50% of the time is spent on communicating with the team
Manage Communications
§  Inputs: Project Management Plan, Project Documents, Work Performance Reports, EEF, OPA
§  Tools & Techniques: Communication Technology, Communication Models, Communication Skills, Project Management Information System, Project Reporting, Interpersonal and Team Skills, Data Representation, Meetings
§  Outputs: Project Communications, Project Management Plan Update, Project Documents Update, OPA Update
§  create, collect, distribute, store, retrieve and dispose of project information according to the Communications Management Plan
§  ensures good communication, noises managed, stakeholders may feedback on how to improve
§  Communication Barriers vs Communication Enhancers
§  55% message thru body language, 38% thru paralingual, 7% thru words used
§  Types of Communications: Formal Written, Formal Verbal, Information Written, Informal Verbal
§  Interpersonal and Team Skills include:
§  Active listening
§  Conflict management
§  Cultural awareness
§  Meeting management
§  Networking
§ Political awareness
§  Project Reporting: status, progress, variance, trend, earned value reports and forecasts, summary of changes, risks and issues
§  PM Plan Update to show the latest performance (against Performance Measurement Baseline)
§  Feedback from stakeholders are to be stored in OPA
Monitor Communications (formerly Control Communications)
§  Inputs: Project Management Plan, Project Documents, Work Performance Data, EEF, OPA
§  Tools & Techniques: Expert Judgement, Project Management Information System, Data Analysis, Interpersonal and Team Skills, Meetings
§  Outputs: Work Performance Information, Change Requests, Project Management Plan Update, Project Documents Update
§  to ensure optimal information flow for effective stakeholder expectation management
§  issue log is to document the issues and monitor its resolutions (by the person responsible)
§  Data Analysis tool includes stakeholder engagement assessment matrix — to assess the current situation of communication effectiveness through the review of changes between the desired and current engagement and adjusting communications (alternative ways/frequency/methods) as necessary
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