Project Management Knowledge

Communication Constraints

Good communication is essential for any type of project management process. It is the lifeblood of the project that clears up miscommunication and misdirection. When the project manager establishes good communication within the team, everyone can work harmoniously.  However, there are a lot of communication constraints that limit the success of the project. These constraints may result in problems between organizations, departments and even individual team members.

Communication constraints, as the name implies, are restrictions on communication. Communication restrictions may influence the content, audience and individuals that are needed to deliver the message within the organization. The likely cause may come from technology, legislation, and even organizational policies.

Communication constraints affect the communications management plan and it is important that project managers and stakeholders should address them appropriately. As part of the communications management plan, it is important to create a document that indicates the possible sources of communication constraints. Are there some problems with communication channels within the organization? If yes, then what must the organization do to fix the problem? These are some of the things that project managers should be concerned about. Moreover, the constraints should also be monitored and controlled in order to avoid the problem from escalating further.

This project management term is defined in the 5th edition of the PMBOK.

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