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Types of Project Management Communication: Part One of a Three-part Series
As with almost every business activity, the importance of communication cannot be overstated when managing projects. Examining the various phases of project

a part 25  to the derailment of a project. Part three will focus on the tools that support project management communication. In the interim, please consult TEC’s homepage at http://www.technicalevaluation.com/ , where you can read about project management tools and vendors that offer project portfolio management (PPM) software solutions.

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Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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