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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Project Management, 5th Edition by G. Michael Campbell PMP, G. Michael Campbell, Sunny Baker

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Start by Identifying the Stakeholders

The first stakeholders you need to identify are those who will make a meaningful contribution to a project. Thus, the stakeholder list includes:
• Your project sponsor
• The managers in your company involved with approvals
• The customer (whether internal or external)
• The project team
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DEFINITION
A stakeholder is someone who has a vested interest in the success of a project. The Project Management Institute (PMI) identifies stakeholders as individuals and organizations who are actively involved in the project or whose interests may be positively or negatively affected by the performance or completion ...

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