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Stage 4: Execute & Control


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How to: Manage Communications

Recommended actions and strategies
The table below lists several guidelines and tips to effectively manage project communications. 


What to do

How to do it


Follow your documented Communication Plan

Refer back to the methods and time frame in your Communication Plan from the Planning Stage.


Be clear, unambiguous, and complete in communicating with the project team

Develop a mental picture of what good communication skills look like and try to use them.


Recognize that communications are bi-directional

Provide information to the project team and project stakeholders on a timely basis. Project team and stakeholders must also provide required information to the project manager.


Continuously evaluate the effectiveness of your communication plan and how the organization is using the information

How do you know if your plan is working? 

  • Use formal and informal evaluation measures to determine if the communication plan is effective.
    • Example: Use a Meeting Evaluation form after a meeting.


Adjust your communication plan to make sure it remains current and effective

Make sure the Communication Plan reflects changes in the project and feedback from the evaluation methods.

Example: Project status reports may be more frequent as the project nears completion or may require varying levels of detail based on the needs of the recipient.




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Updated February 1, 2006 - v1.0