Project Communications Plan

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Critical Thinking – Module 2
Project Management
November 11, 2012

Project Communications Plan
The three websites that I researched for this critical thinking assignment were: 1) Colorado.gov; 2) Dot.ca.gov and 3) interop.mt.gov. The topic that was most similarly discussed was the importance of implementing a communication plan both internally and externally in any type of project management. Colorado.gov noted that “28% of projects fail due to poor communications, that’s 1 out of 4 projects fail due to poor communications” (Jones, 2007). This site went on to speak about the top reasons projects fail includes poor communication, insufficient resource planning, unrealistic schedules and poor project requirements. The California Department of Transportation website noted that project communication includes general communication between team members but is more encompassing. “It utilizes a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) for a framework of communication that is customer and product focused with the end in mind, and it involves all levels of the organization” (Office of Project Management Process Improvement, 2007). This organization also believes that Project Communication is the responsibility of everyone on the project team. The Interoperability Governing Board for Montana’s communications planning first determines the information and communications needs of the stakeholders. This includes identifying who needs what information, when they should receive it, and how it will be provided. Identifying the information needs of the stakeholders and determining a suitable means of meeting those needs is an important factor for project success. “Actively managing stakeholders increases the likelihood that the project will not veer off track due to unresolved stakeholder issues, enhances the ability of persons to operate synergistically, and limits disruptions during the project” (Northrop Grumman Corporation, 2007). The main subject of all these sites I...
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