Managing Stakeholders in Software Development Projects

John McManus

Publisher Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005
ISBN 978-0-7506-6455-4
RRP £24.99
Reviewed by Hilary Green
Score 7 out of 10

Managing Stakeholders in Software Development Projects This book, part of the Computer Weekly Professional Series, is for IT professionals to learn about the concepts of stakeholder identification and management. The topic is important because the success of a software project is influenced by how it is first communicated and addressed to its stakeholders.

The author discusses the identification and classification of stakeholders within the project environment. He points out that the role of project management becomes more challenging and complex when stakeholders are seen not as simple objects of managerial action, but subjects with their own objectives and purposes.

Software projects contain engineering and project management streams. For the author, project management is critically about the management of risk, cost and quality. To this end John brings the connection between the management of business, technical and process risk together with the support the project has from its stakeholders and senior management.

Each of the six main chapters ends with a summary of the ten key points to remember. The final chapter is a collection of selected essays in stakeholder management.

This book is a useful reference for the most important topics relating to stakeholders and software projects. The material is conveyed in an interesting and easy to read style, well illustrated with diagrams.

The book provides an overview of the general topic, but is not a practice manual for a project manager.