Control Stakeholder Engagement

Stakeholders are very important to the success of any project. Engaging stakeholders is an important project management activity. To engage them, it is crucial for the project managers to communicate effectively all throughout the project life cycle. Moreover, managing and controlling the stakeholder engagement is more than just responding to their concerns but also anticipating different project requirements and making sure that the engagement plan of stakeholder is maintained.

The control stakeholder engagement is a process in project management that monitors the entire project and also the stakeholder relationships. It is done by adjusting different strategies in engaging the stakeholders. The main benefit of this project management activity is that it helps improve the efficacy of the stakeholder engagement activities as the project life cycle continues to evolve due to the different changes of the environment and project requirements.

The control stakeholder engagement process requires inputs of information to create the management plan and these include the issue log, work performance data, and other required project documents.  All of these inputs will be used to create  the work performance information, change requests and updates on the management plan, project documents, and organizational process.

The control stakeholder engagement ensures the commitment of the stakeholders during the entire stage of the project. It also ensures that their expectations are met as well as anticipate any future problems so that that they can be addressed during the project’s lifecycle.

It is important to take note that the stakeholders have high influence during the implementation of the project as well as during its progression. This is the reason why the control stakeholder engagement process is very important in project management as it keeps the stakeholders involved with the life cycle of the project–including its changes–at all times.

This term is defined in the 5th edition of the PMBOK.