Communications Planning and Project Management

Q: When should I create a communications plan, in project management? Is it only for large projects, or should I do it for ever project I undertake. For instance, I’m working on a small construction project at the moment for a housing complex, and the team size is small, so I don’t see that I need to create one. Would I be correct in asserting this?

A: Yes you’re right, communications planning is one project management process that you typically do more of, the larger the project. It’s fair to say that for every project you indertake, you should plan the types of communications you’re going to undertake up front, before you start project execution. For instance, are you going to hold weekly team meetings, will you send out status reports, and if so, who to and when? We suggest you do this for every project, regardless of the size, industry and complexity.

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