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The Project Management Book by Richard Newton

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A productive stakeholder community

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One of the biggest bugbears of many project teams is dealing with stakeholders. The effort entailed in managing them can be considerable. In the worst situation, interactions with a project’s stakeholder community are a continuous, counterproductive battle. Stakeholders may micro-manage, interfere, ignore the project’s needs, be indecisive, keep changing the project’s direction, lack consensus, openly mistrust or disregard the project team and so forth. Stakeholder management is then a painful and seemingly pointless overhead on the project. Yet it does not need to be like this. In the best situation, stakeholders actively contribute to the project’s success. What ...

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