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Monday, April 12, 2010

Project Management Stakeholders

Adapted from the book - Power and Politics in Project Management by Jeffrey K. Pinto

In the project management world there are many different opinions regarding how to successfully manage a project.  One of the most important things we need to do in project management is manage the expectations and relationships with our stakeholders. Some things to keep in mind to help us manage our stakeholders are:

Assess the culture (is it supportive, what is the balance of power, what are the stakeholder attitudes?)

Identify the goals of the stakeholders (are the goals realistic, attainable, communicated?)

Assess our own capabilities and limitations (are you politically savvy, respected, a good negotiator?)

Define the problem (define goals, risks, relationships)

Develop solutions (create action plan, determine the right solution for the right time)

Test and refine the solutions (New learnings must be incorporated, replan, retool, rethink)

While there is plenty more to do in regards to managing a project successfully, this list of "must do" items will help you get started.


Expert Program Management said...

Good list - it makes a change from the usual "define the deliverables" item as a first step in managing a project!

Student JM said...

I'm quite sure this is the list from Power and Politics in Project Management by Jeffrey K. Pinto. Great list!

ProjectSteps said...

Thanks Student JM. I always want to reference a source if one is used. I have updated the post to show the source reference.