Addressing the unique difficulties involved in day-to-day project management communication, The Project Manager’s Communication Toolkit provides proven methods for creating clear and effective communications—including text-based plans, reports, messages, and presentations. It examines the many tools available and goes beyond traditional coverage to define their proper use and application.
Using language that’s easy to understand, the author explains how to determine the appropriate tools for specific communication needs. This time-saving resource provides the understanding to harness the power of everyday communication, such as email and PowerPoint® to:
- Gain control over project parameters
- Overcome conflict
- Create effective project plans, charters, and statements of work
Considering that most projects fail due to lapses in communication, it is essential for project managers to understand how to communicate their plans and ideas clearly and effectively. Complete with numerous examples and case studies, this book provides the understanding required to select the right tools, as well as the insight to use those tools effectively in a wide range of real-world situations.
... a ‘slam dunk’ in providing the reader a foundation, emphasizing various tools, techniques; and in which situations they should be applied. The case studies further challenge the day-to-day situations one may face; providing techniques that work! Anyone that has been part of a project team will benefit from this book.
—Lisa Holowiak, Quality Assurance Specialist, Pfizer, in PM World Today, Vol. XII, Issue X
… a valuable resource for program and project managers at all levels and all industries. Shankar very successfully managed very large and complex projects for my organization utilizing many of these tools and
Table of Contents
Communication: Challenges and Opportunities for Project Managers. Text Based Plans, Reports, Messages and Presentations. Charts, Graphs, and Diagrams. Tables and Matrices. Conclusion and Case Studies.
Shankar K. Jha, PMP, has more than 12 years of managerial experience at various levels and more than 7 years experience as a project and program manager working with some big multinational and Fortune 100 companies. Over the last 6 years, Shankar has anchored and imparted trainings on project management topics to a large number of project managers, team leads, resource managers and other employees of his company and those of the clients.
Shankar began his career in project management with one of the most respected Indian multinational companies where he successfully managed process improvements, value addition initiatives, knowledge management and quality improvement initiatives apart from managing the client projects. Later on he moved on to work with an American multinational where he managed projects, programs and engagements for a Fortune 100 client. His process improvement initiatives in the PMO of Galaxy, Ingenix (a UHG company) were highly appreciated.
Shankar holds an undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering) from a premier and nationally renowned institute (ISM, Dhanbad) in India. He kept on updating his knowledge by acquiring various relevant certifications and by attending training programs in-house as well as from outside. He is a member of American Management Association and he has been member of Project Management Institute and Institute of Engineers (India) in the past. Currently Shankar is working for Cognizant Technology Solutions (a Fortune 1000 company), before this, he has worked for Tata Steel (world's second most geographically diversified steel producer and world's top 5 steel producer) and Infosys Technology Ltd (India's most respected and valuable company for many years and # 2 Software Services company in India).