With more than two decades of experience in project management on structural engineering projects, Pankaj Saharia has delivered on every project he’s been assigned on. He is a registered member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and has achieved high accolades for his work on various projects.
In the kind of large-scale projects that Saharia is constantly working on, effective communication is essential to overall success. Indeed, many project experts have noted that the success of projects is a function of many factors, an important one being the presence of good communication channels. For project managers, this means establishing the following lines of communication.
This kind of communication flows from the project lead to senior management and other stakeholders involved with the project. The purpose of an upward channel is to provide a briefing on project challenges, exceptions and risks being faced.
To ensure everyone on the project is clear on the direction, the project manager has to establish clear communication lines with vendors, suppliers and line managers on how to effectively use resources, meet deadlines, and work within the set budget.
Downward communication serves the purpose of providing clear instructions to the project team; the individuals on the ground responsible for daily operations. Communication to this group entails providing clarification on general tasks, expected completion dates, and tackling issues that can hinder operations. As Pankaj Saharia knows, effective communication within a project goes a long way in ensuring success.