Communications Technology

The second tool and technique of this process is communications technology. This examines the methods (or technology) used to communicate the information to, from, and among the stakeholders. Methods of communicating can take many forms, such as written, spoken, email, formal status reports, meetings, online databases, online schedules, and so on. This tool and technique examines the technology elements that might affect project communications. You should consider several factors before deciding what methods you'll choose to transfer information. The timing of the information exchange or need for updates is the first factor. The availability of the technology you're planning on using to communicate project information is important as well. Do you need to procure new technology or systems, or are there systems already in place that will work? Staff experience with the technology is another factor. Are the project team members and stakeholders experienced at using this technology, or will you need to train them? Consider the duration of the project and the project environment. Will the technology you're choosing work throughout the life of the project, or will it have to be upgraded or updated at some point? And how does the project team function? Are they all located together or spread out across several campuses or locations?

The answers to these questions should be documented in the communications management plan output. I'll cover that in the next section.

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