Strategic Communications: Who Needs to Know What When

For any project, the most important part and, indeed, the area almost always identified by project managers and management as needing improvement is communication.

Communication between team members, communication between the billing department and suppliers or subcontractors, communication between upper management and the project team, communication between management and outside stakeholders, communication between the construction bosses and inspectors, communications between your company and the surrounding community… name it.

Communication to all major stakeholders not only keeps people up to date on your project's or company's progress, but it also helps create that all important buy-in and ownership of project or company decisions.

Just remember however that, although communication is your key to success, no one likes to be spammed continuously with information they don't care about or need to know. Indiscriminant communication not only irritates those receiving it, but can also dilute your ability to get what you need from people when you need it, because they no longer read what you send them because so much of it has nothing to do with them. So, after you make that extensive, team-generated, communications list, sit down and look at it (with the team), think collectively about the risks of one person or another not knowing something important and the impact it could have on your project, and then prioritize the people on that list.

This will help you and your team to identify who has the capability and highest probability of wreaking the most havoc on your project if they are not adequately informed. Sometimes the results of this kind of analysis can be quite surprising and you find people you might not have thought would have such a huge impact as they do!

You will also find that some of the people on the list you thought might be important are less critical than you initially thought. Obviously, keeping the highest priority people informed of the project, its status, progress, and problems is going to be your project's or company's key to success.

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AccuConference | NTP Sues Smartphone Companies Over Email Systems

NTP Sues Smartphone Companies Over Email Systems

NTP, a patent holding company, is attempting to dig into the deep pockets of the big-name smartphone companies with a lawsuit alleging that the companies are illegally using NTP’s patented technology.

NTP is best known for the several rounds of litigation that it went through with Research in Motion, the company providing e-mail software and hardware for Blackberry, ending in 2006. The litigation resulted in the patent company walking away with $600 million in settlement money.

The new suit, which is aimed at Apple, Google, HTP, LG and Motorola, charges that these companies are using technology patented by LTP to run their e-mail systems.

NTP was founded in 1992 by Thomas J. Campana Jr., an inventor and engingeer and Donald E. Stout, a lawyer. According to the New York Times, Campana patented several devices, spanning from antennas used on mobile devices to wireless e-mail.

It is NTP’s claim that Campana invented wireless e-mail, therefore, making it the intellectual property of NTP.

Analysts and lawyers say NTP could potentially make hundreds of millions of dollars. But it could also make far less because the technology and product designs have changed drastically since they were first conceived by Campana in the mid 90’s. 

NTP’s argument is that the modern systems run on the foundation of those patented by NTP.

However, the smartphone makers may have deliberately avoided building their smartphone e-mail systems off of those licensed by NTP with the lesson learned from the Blackberry settlement.

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