6th Edition PMBOK® Guide–Process 13.2 Plan Stakeholder Management: Inputs


The Plan Stakeholder Management process has its aim the production of the Stakeholder Management Plan.   Like the management plans for other knowledge areas, it contains the guidelines for how to do all of the other processes in the area, such as Manage Stakeholder Engagement and Monitor Stakeholder Engagement.

Here are the inputs:

13.2.1  Plan Stakeholder Engagement:  Inputs

13.2.1.1  Project Charter

The project purpose, objectives, and success criteria can be used in planning how to engage stakeholders.

13.2.1.2  Project Management Plan

Here are the components of the overall project management plan that can be used for this process.

  • Resource management plan–may contain information regarding roles and responsibilities of the team and other stakeholders listed in the stakeholder register.
  • Communications management plan–the communication strategies for stakeholder management and their implementation plans are input to this process
  • Risk management plan–may contain risk thresholds or risk attitudes that can assist in the selection of the optimal stakeholder engagement strategy.

13.2.3 Project Documents

  • Assumption log–contains information about assumptions and constraints that may be linked to specific stakeholders.  ]
  • Change log–changes to the original scope of the project are usually linked to specific stakeholders who are requesting those changes, or who are involved in the decision about change requests.
  • Issue log–resolving issues contained in the issue log will require additional communications with the stakeholders affected.
  • Project schedule–contains activities that may be linked to specific stakeholder as owners or executors
  • Risk register–contains identified risks of the project and links them to specific stakeholders either as risk owners or as subject to impact from that risk.
  • Stakeholder register–the output of process 13.1 Identify Stakeholders.   The preliminary list of project stakeholders, including additional data about their classification.

13.2.1.4  Agreements

When planning for the engagement of contractors and suppliers (who are one subset of stakeholders), coordination usually involves working with the procurement/contracting group in the organization to ensure contractors and suppliers are effectively managed.

13.2.1.5  Enterprise Environmental Factors

  • Organizational culture, political climate, governance framework
  • Personnel administration policies
  • Stakeholder risk appetites
  • Established communication channels
  • Global, regional or local trends
  • Geographical distribution of facilities and resources.

13.2.1.6 Organizational Process Assets

Among the OPAs listed on p. 520 of the PMBOK Guide, here are the ones that I feel are the most relevant to this process.

  • Corporate policies and procedures for social media.
  • Corporate policies and procedures for issue, risk, change, and data management.
  • Lessons learned repository with information about the preferences, actions, and involvement of stakeholders

The next post covers the tools and techniques of this process.

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