There are so many facets of project management, so much to juggle, it can be difficult to know where to start. Taking a project from start to finish in an efficient, effective manner while keeping all parties informed of not only progress, but any other issues that arise during the process is no easy task. If you’re new to project management or are simply looking for ways to unlock your project management potential, we can help. One of the most important keys to project management, for several different reasons, is communication. Let’s take a closer look at what communication means in terms of project management, and how you can leverage your best communicators to help make your project management process smoother.
Why Communication Matters
It’s about finding the right balance of communication between your internal teams and the client, keeping everyone informed and giving updates when it makes sense. Communication is the crux of project management, without effective communication, requirements are misunderstood, deadlines may be forgotten, and deliverables fall flat.
How to Master It for Your Projects
First things first, remember that communication is only effective if the person (or people) you’re communicating with understand what you’re trying to tell them. Make sure everyone is on the same page, and keep checking in on that often. A breakdown in communication later in the project can be even more detrimental than a miscommunication at the start of a project, so don’t assume once a project is underway that everything is fully understood.
Create checkpoints, both internal and external, to ensure that everything is on track, and everyone is on the same page, at critical points in the project.
If there’s one thing you need to master in order to set a solid foundation from which your project management skills can flourish, it’s communication. Having a strategy that plays to everyone’s strengths and accounts for their weaknesses, and being able to keep all key stakeholders in the loops at all times is the place from which everything else flows. Once you have a handle on communicating clearly and effectively within your project management workflow, you can build in other skills, keys, and secrets to become the truly rockstar project manager you deserve to be.
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