Managing Project Stakeholders



Book Title:  Managing Project Stakeholders – Building a Foundation to Achieve Project Goals
Author: Tres Roeder
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc
List Price:  $48.95
Format:  Hardcover, 256 pages
Publication Date: 2013
ISBN: 978-1-118-50427-7
Reviewer: Lance Lawshe, PMP
Review Date: July 2023



Insightful book filled with easy to reference ideas to assist you with managing stakeholders whether difficult or not.  I encourage any project manager or potential PMs to read this and keep close to your desk when managing any project.

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is written in 4 Sections with 12 chapters in all.  Section 1 and 2 set the stage by defining stakeholders and describing the groups they will be working in.  Sections 3 and 4 start to share how to communicate and manage stakeholders in various situations.


In chapter 7 on Stakeholder Communication, it was identified that non-verbal communication is as important as verbal communication. It was noted that, “the project manager should not smile when delivering difficult news.”  I found this very helpful as I am normally a big smiler, and I want to be sure to communicate the right way with all my stakeholders.

In chapter 10 on Leadership the Sixth Sense of project management were shared.  Awareness, Whole body decisions, Clear Communication, Adaptability, Diplomacy, and Persistence.  This is encouraging me to read this Author’s book, Six Disciplines of a Sixth Sense for Project Management.

Highlights: What I liked!

What I liked most in this read is the ability not only to share philosophy but to give practical ways in which I could use right away.  Making this book not just a one time read but a constant reference to recall regularly as I manage current and future projects.         


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How to cite this work: Lawshe, L. (2023). Managing Project Stakeholders – Building a Foundation to Achieve Project Goals, book review, PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue IX, September. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/pmwj133-Sep2023-Lawshe-Managing-Project-Stakeholders-book-review.pdf

About the Reviewer

Lance Lawshe

Prosper, TX, United States


 Lance Lawshe is an accomplished PMP certified project manager with more than 7 years of experience in leading projects and change management initiatives in regulated environments. He is adept at successfully delivering multiple large- and small-scale technology projects and program initiatives while navigating the triple constraints presented. Mr. Lawshe is experienced in the software development lifecycles Waterfall and AGILE, change management, and implementing enterprise application systems. He is successful in building client relationships and delivering on client commitments.

Mr. Lawshe can be contacted at llawshe@yahoo.com

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