Management Bug

Eduardo Espinheira
2 min readOct 21, 2020

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By definition, stakeholder involvement in Project Definition means sharing a common understanding and involvement in the project’s decision-making process. Participation by stakeholders leads to empowerment and to joint ownership of the project. The project should start with a consultation process that moves to negotiations to increase participation and ends with joint decisions. (1)

Stakeholder involvement is used to develop understanding and agreement around solutions. Stakeholder provides opportunities to further align business practices with societal needs and expectations. (2)

Failure to identify stakeholders, understand stakeholder needs, and meet their needs can result in spectacular project failures.

Here are some publicized examples taken from an article by Jake Widman (2007) in CIO magazine.
- FoxMeyer ERP Program
- Canada’s Gun Registration System
- Homeland Security’s Virtual Fence (3)

One of the main reasons projects fail is that the deliverables were not what the customer wanted or did not meet the customer’s needs. To ensure project success, it helps that you know all of the key stakeholders on your project, how they prefer to communicate, what their needs are, and what the acceptable end results are. (4)

Only by involving all the stakeholders in the project definition, you can satisfy their needs.

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Extracted and adapted from…

(1) https://www.pm4dev.com/pm4dev-blog/entry/benefits-of-stakeholder-participation.html
(2) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stakeholder_engagement
(3) https://www.pmi.org/learning/library/stakeholder-management-keeping-stakeholders-happy-6697
(4) https://proficientlearning.com/4-ways-stakeholders-are-important-to-a-project/

Eduardo Espinheira

Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories