Communication in Project Management

Steve Neiderhauser posted some excellent commentary in a blog post titled “Persuasion Equation“.  In the post, Steve mentions a class he attended that helped with communication skills.  In the blog post he writes:

In the class I learned language patterns and that people have different thinking modalities: Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic, Gustatory, Olfactory. The training leans toward the sales side, but the information can also be used by managers or change agents.

Fact is, the Project Management Institute tells us that management is 90% communication. And yet, the only thing I remember from my PMI training is that there’s a sender, a receiver, a message. I’m sure there’s more. Perhaps I dozed off during one of the key 44 processes.

Steve makes a great point. I’ve said for a long time that Project Management should focus more on leadership and communication skills over process.  That said, process and standards are important…but without the proper leadership and communication capabilities, a project will fail. We need to get Project Managers to spend more of their time leading projects and less time working through the 44 processes.

Now…I’ve got to go find out what “Gustatory” means 🙂

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PMI IT Special Interest Group Newsletter

I’ve had a book review published in the latest PMI Information Technology & Telecom Newsletter (download the PDF here).  You’ll find my book review on page 16.

The newsletter is published quarterly and is described as:

Our newsletter is filled with activities that took place in the third quarter of 2008, including our visit to ProjectWorld Toronto 2008 and individual articles by George Siantonas and Timothy Bergmann.  The newsletter also covers an update to the PMI Virtual Communities Project (VCP), the SIG / Scrum Alliance and much much more.

You can find more information about the PMI IT&T SIG here.

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