About ‘Project Management Communication Tools’ Book. Expert Interview With Bill Dow

Bill Dow

BILL DOW is a result-oriented, industry recognized, passionate professional who has a strong background in PMO management, development methodologies, and tactical project execution.

Why you should listen to him:

Bill has successfully built several PMO’s, as well as having ran large industry impacting projects. His IT industry background spans government, health care, real estate, software, and wireless. He has strong organizational and planning skills, and focus on building customer partnerships. He has a proven track record on being able to drive strategy, vision, and be forward looking. He is also focused on staying on top of the latest project management industry trends. Through the books that he has published, he has created PMO and Project Communication tools that are used in companies all around the world.

He is the co-author of the Project Management Communication Bible. This is an 801 page reference manual, published in 2008 for Wiley publishing. It can be found on Amazon.com and consistently in the Top 100 for Project Management books.

The second book he wrote is called “The Tactical Guide for Building a PMO” . The book takes his personal experience in building and implementing PMO’s over a 10 year period and puts it into a format that is easy to read and use for any PMO Manager. This book can also be found on Amazon.com.

His third book “Project Management Communications Tools” will be release in the June 2015 timeframe. More information on this book can be found on his www.dowpublishingllc.com website in the coming weeks.

Bill is, also a part time Adjunct Professor at Bellevue College where he teaches several project management classes in the certification program. “I have a deep passion and enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring, so my work at Bellevue College is one of my great accomplishments.” – he says.


Bill Dow has written a new book: ” Project Management Communication Tools“, that is the authoritative reference on one of the most important aspects of managing projects–project communications. You can buy his book on Amazon.

We decided to interview him about his wonderful work.

Mirla Ferreira: Hi Bill, I see in your new book, that you have mapped social media tools to project communication tools. What a great concept. Why, did you do that? What motivates you to connect those two worlds?

Bill Dow: Thanks Mirla, yes, I thought it was important to get the word out on social media from a project management communications perspective. So many times, project managers are rushing to use social media, my chapter walks project managers who the process.

Mirla Ferreira: How do you do that? How do you walk project managers though using social media on their projects?

Bill Dow: It is really easy, actually, I get the project manager thinking about why they are communicating the project information. For example, I have a chart where I map, communication tools to the 5 communication purpose for communication. They are Inform, Persuade, Motivate, Interact and Inspire. When project managers see that mapping table from social media tools, communication tools, and the purposes of communicating it ties it all together.

Mirla Ferreira: I also see a topic on Project Management BI in your new book? What is that?

Bill Dow: Great question, Project BI is a process of combining various project data sources into a single dashboard or report. The goals of the Project Management BI process is to allow executives, customers, team members to quickly interpret, understand, and act on this project information to improve the project’s chance of success. I have included a 8 step process for project managers to follow to compile their project information into dashboard reports.

Mirla Ferreira: Thanks Bill, I’m very grateful for your time “.

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Strategy Conversations (and what they can do for your private sector company)

An interesting infographic made ​​by Sandy Richardson

What difference will strategy conversations make to our business results?, What strategy conversations can do for private sector companies?

Strategy Conversations (and what they can do for your private sector company)
by Sandy Richardson

Strategy Conversations- Private sector

Original article by Sandy Richardson Download Infographic

Use conversations to explore strategy topic in-depth. Having a conversation with people your meet in your company improve people’ thinking process and gives them an opportunity to focus on the views of others.

Yourself Thinking as a Communication Channel

Yourself Thinking is an essential aspect of a communication and one that can determine the success of a project. Thought it is something great, represents a continuum in life. We communicate with ourselves all the time.

Yourself Thinking represents inspiration, decision making, motivation, is the way how people interact with the world, with human factors. As Project Manager you have to observe this behavior in order to increase understanding and how to do your job better.

Why it is important for the project?

  • because the quality of thoughts is becoming increasingly important for the decision making process
  • because we know many of the project problems are associated with a negative attitude, such as fear, intimidation, and so on.
  • because all that is said or done is the result of an internal process of thought.

“Invest a few moments in thinking. It will pay good interest” – Richard Denny

The PMBook® describes the theoretical communication channels with the following formula (N*(N-1))/2, this formula represents only part of the communications chanels. In my opinion and based in my personal experience we have to integrate the Yourself Thinking on communications channels as (N*(N-1))/2 + N, for a more realistic approach.