PM Question of the Week - week 2 2015

Dear colleague, welcome to the "PM question of the week" newsletter # 2 2015.

One of the most relevant changes in the fifth edition of the PMBoK, with respect to the previous editions, is the introduction of the project stakeholder management chapter, that has been clearly separated from the project communication management.

Which of the following options best describes why it is important to manage stakeholder engagement?
a. To ensure stakeholders clearly understand the project goals.
b. To decrease the ability of stakeholders to influence the project.
c. To convert unaware, resistant or neutral stakeholders into supportive ones.
d. To assess how key stakeholders are likely to react or respond in various situations.

Answer to question and explanation

The correct answer is a. To ensure stakeholders clearly understand the project goals.

Explanation: this is clearly stated in the PMBoK as one of the stakeholder management objectives. Answers b. To decrease the ability of stakeholders to influence the project and c. To convert unaware, resistant or neutral stakeholders into supportive ones. can be legitimate actions in some situations, but cannot be generally assumed. Answer d. To assess how key stakeholders are likely to react or respond in various situations. is not a reason to manage stakeholder engagement, but rather it is part of the technique to analyze them.

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