Communications Management Plan

Posted on June 23, 2009 by

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The Communications Management Plan as outlined in the fourth edition PMBOK® describes how communications will be accomplished throughout a project. It is a subsidiary of the Project Management Plan and is developed through the Plan Communications process. It is specifically listed as an input to the Plan Risk Management process. The Communications Management Plan is executed through the Distribute Information and Manage Stakeholders Expectations processes, but rather than being listed specifically as an input, the broader Project Management Plan is listed as an input instead.

The nature of the Communications Management Plan will vary with the size and complexity of the project. There are many items that can be included. The requirements that the stakeholders have for communications should be included. Specifically contained could be what information should be communicated and why, who is responsible for communications, when communications should occur, the time and budget allowed for communication activities, communication constraints, and information flowcharts. Also, a glossary of common terminology, escalation processes, and the method for updating the Communications Management Plan may be included. Also see the earlier posting of Plan Communications Process (posted March 25, 2009).