According to a recent survey by CompTIA, “Poor communication is the reason most IT projects fail, according to a Web poll released by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), an Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based trade association. Nearly 28% of the more than 1,000 respondents to the survey said poor communication is the number one cause of project failure, according to CompTIA. Insufficient resource planning was found to be the second most-cited cause, while unrealistic deadlines was third.” For the full article, go to Computerworld.
The irony is there is hardly a project manager out there who doesn’t know this or is surprised by this finding. The key is to find ways and means to enhance communications, given that most project managers have this as one of their highest priorities. What are some effective communication strategies? Should the communication strategies differ by type of project or the project phase? Are there quick and easy ways to assess communication gaps? These are the compelling needs that many project managers face.