Managing Project Risk: Using the Art of Communication

Communication is integral to almost every aspect of a project life cycle. Communication problems are one of the number one risks to the success of projects worldwide. What can a project manager do to reduce this overwhelming risk?  The use of formal risk management processes provides a way to increase the odds of success by requiring risk identification analysis and risk response planning.

 A good place to begin risk identification is by asking, “What obstacles are created by the risk of communication breakdown?” Typically, there are problems like general confusion about the intent of the project, a lack of buy-in from the stakeholders, errors in requirements development, and possibly even design flaws, but some of the more complex risks associated with project failure are a direct result of inadequate communication and interpersonal skills on the part of the project manager. This White Paper addresses these issues and provides insight into how to go about resolving them.

 Starting off with a Communication Top 10 To-Do List, this White Paper I recently wrote for Learning Tree addresses these issues and provides insight into how to go about resolving them.  Download your copy here and let me know what you think!

Larry Barnard  

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