Project Management For Dummies, 6th Edition
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A project Communications Management Plan is essential with the diversity of audiences that will be looking for information about your project and the array of data you’ll be collecting. This plan helps you to avoid duplication of effort and to ensure that nothing falls through the cracks.

A project Communications Management Plan is a document that specifies all project communications generated throughout the project, their target audiences, their information content, and their frequency. Prepare an initial version of your project Communications Management Plan in the starting the project stage of your project, and update it as needed in the carrying out the work stage.

At a minimum, your plan should specify the following for all project communications:

  • Target audience: The people whose information needs are addressed through the project communication

  • Information needs: The information that the target audience wants and/or needs

  • Information-sharing activity: The specific type of information-sharing activity to be used to transmit information to the target audience (written reports, presentations, and meetings, for example)

  • Content: The specific data to be shared in the project communication

  • Frequency: When the information-sharing activity occurs (can be either regularly scheduled or ad hoc)

  • Data collection: How and when the data for the report are collected

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Stanley E. Portny, PMP, is an internationally recognized expert in project management and project leadership. During the past 30 years, he has provided training and consultation to more than 150 public and private organizations. He is a Project Management Institute–certified project management professional. Jonathan Portny is the son of Stan Portny and a certified project management professional with strong technical and management background. He has extensive experience leading interdisciplinary and cross-geographical technical projects, programs, and personnel.

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