In our last four blogs we’ve discussed some core skills that will help teams to improve the way they manage projects, programmes, and portfolios. And in this one we’re going to outline why good communication skills are essential.
Good communication skills are important for a lot of roles across the public sector and other organisations alike. But when it comes to public sector projects, programmes and portfolios, there are some specific key benefits that improving communication skills within teams will have. As they often involve numerous internal and external stakeholders, large budgets, long delivery lead times and have a big impact on the public, economy, environment and more…
Clear and effective communications are the backbone of a successful project, and pivotal in helping you do more with less. This is because it allows you to outline project requirements and plans clearly, define roles and responsibilities, reduce misunderstandings, prevent errors, and increase overall efficiency.
The success of a project, programme, or portfolio also hinges on clear, open and effective communication between you, your cross-functional teams and your stakeholders. Without this, you’re more likely to see misunderstandings and mistakes, lack of alignment on goals and objectives and poor task execution, which ultimately decreases efficiency.
By clearly communicating the strategy, objectives, tasks and responsibilities with all relevant parties, and creating an environment where they can seamlessly collaborate and perform their roles, productivity will be boosted. You’ll also give stakeholders the tools and insights they need to make big project decisions and minimise potential pushback.
Here are some potential signs to look out for:
Our Learning Hub is a complete digital learning solution for all your project, programme, and portfolio management training needs. Watch our webinar ‘Maximising Efficiency Key project management skills to help you do more with less’ to learn more about the importance of good communication, and how the ILX Learning Hub can support you and your team.