January 29, 2014
Stakeholder Management isn’t telling people what they want to hear.
Or making a status report green, when it’s really yellowish red. Or finding ways to say “yes” when your gut is telling you to say “no.”
But it is perhaps the important element of being a really successful project manager!
Project Stakeholders include anyone with a vested interest in the project—team members, functional managers (managers of team members), your manager, senior managers, third-party partners/vendors, the customer(s) of your project, the user(s) of your project deliverable, as well as people seemly unconnected to your project but who for some reason have an opinion about it.
Stakeholder Management is so important that when the Project Management Institute (PMI) published the fifth edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK) this past year, it added a whole new chapter on Project Stakeholder Management.