From the outset of anyone’s career in project management they will hear that good communications are critical to success…your own, in your role as a project manager, and to the initiative itself. This makes inherent sense, right? So why hasn’t there been any significant work to help us understand how to communicate better when it comes to the world of planning?
The Project Management Institute (PMI) formalized the importance of communications in the first edition of their Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), in 1996. However, the content focused (and is still focused) on how to plan for communications, not how to communicate.
Since this is what our application does, we’ve had to become experts at this, using the knowledge available. But we’ve come to find that there really hasn’t been any focused work to take academic and scientific research in the field of cognitive psychology, and practically apply that knowledge to the field of project management. So we’re filling that gap. No more guessing at what Gantt charts should look like or include, or how to go about designing plan communications.
Keep a look out for more blog posts, videos, and information to help you be the best communicator you can be.