I had some interesting comments from Neil Walker on twitter recently. This was in response to a question I posed; should stakeholder management be compulsory for all projects.
Neil said not unreasonably: “Is it not already? Stakeholder management is compulsory on all projects I have managed/directed.” He went on to say that it was like trying to navigate through the jungle without a compass.
In the early stages of project management courses I get people to identify what goes wrong in projects. Later on, when we have talked through the stakeholder management process I link back to the problems identified earlier in the course. I then place a star against each problem that relates to stakeholder management – or lack of it. Often, the number starred represents over 50% of the problems that people raise.
Neil says it should be compulsory however many of our clients do not seem to want to make any aspect of project management compulsory. What do you think? You could after all buy people a compass but will they know how to use it?