For the purposes of this book, we define project communication tools as any mechanism or strategy to exchange information, reduce uncertainty, engage stakeholders, build trust, generate support for the project, and, ultimately, deliver project and team success.”
So, what mechanisms should you consider? For getting started, here is a collection of templates for your use in applying the book’s concepts in your current and future projects. In today’s dynamic world, there is a template for just about everything! There is no need to start with a blank sheet of paper or a blank screen.
However, a word of caution: In managing projects and communicating with your stakeholders, it’s more than just filling out a form. It is about adapting the templates, tools, and techniques to meet your project, stakeholder, and organizational needs—and then using them!
As an educator: You can use these templates to augment your instruction with students studying project communications.
As a student: You can use these templates to help you get a jumpstart on your assignment or course work.
As a practitioner: You can use these templates in working with, and communicating with, your project teams and stakeholders.
All of these templates are modifiable and can be found in the book. We suggest using these templates as a “starter” or guide and tailoring each to your specific project needs and teams. Remember that it’s not about form filling! It is applying, adapting, and communicating!
A summary of these templates can also be found in Appendix C of the book.
Reader slides are also available to provide an overview of the book content. Educators can use these in the classroom, and practitioners can use them to share critical project communication concepts with their teams.