Communication in the Project

Micro Learning Unit

Communications plays a huge role in our lives!
It is difficult to think of any activity that does not involve communication and yet, we tend to forget how important communication is to our success, to the relationships we have, and overall, to our happiness.
Communication is much more of an art than science and as such, it comes in different and varied forms and without one complete set of rules that defines correct or incorrect communication.

Communication in a project deals with organizing and disseminating information to the various stakeholders—both those involved in it directly and those merely affected by it—in the most appropriate fashion for each.

Communication within the project is akin to the body’s circulatory system: the blood flow through the project’s veins and capillaries. It is often a central factor in the success or failure in achieving the project’s goals and thus in the success or failure of the project as a whole. Project managers typically spend most of their time on communications related matters, in one way or another. Therefore, it is important to ensure that their intensive time investment is effective, not wasted.

Project communication can be divided into two categories: formal communication, which is organized and takes place through formal and direct channels; and informal communication, which occurs indirectly, often by traveling the project’s “unpaved” roads. Both forms of communication are essential in a well-run project.