Sometimes being a project manager can be a lonely job, and
so it’s nice to get together with other practitioners and just geek out for a
few days as I did at the 2018 PMI Global Conference in L.A. last weekend where
I was invited to speak on People Change Management. (You can download my
I also learned from other project managers from all over the
world and wanted to share 5 great insights and fun tips I walked away with.
Please check out these amazing speakers who are all giving back to the PM
When we think about drafting a communications plan for a
project, some criteria that come to mind are fairly obvious, such as messages,
audiences, media and perhaps the timing of our communications.
However, there are a few elements that are often missing
from communications plans, that can make communications so much more effective
and efficient. A few minutes spent on defining these three components can save
a lot of time later on and avoids any confusion.
Sometimes events seem to happen in clusters – that was
certainly the case with me when during the last week I stumbled over two blog
entries and several Web articles discussing a long-held tenet in project communication,
the 55% – 38% – 7% rule.
A few days ago, I got an email from a project manager who
had just successfully passed his PMP exam, and while I answered his mail I had
to think back to countless students in my classes who asked me about the same
predicament over the past few years.
It always touches me to see the sincere desire project
managers have to make a positive difference for their companies and the
obstacles that often stand in their way. Therefore, I want to share the ensuing
e-mail exchange with you in the hopes that some of you may find some useful
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