It's always better to over-identify, rather than under-identify stakeholders. Missed stakeholders, particularly those that are self-appointed, can hold your project back from achieving success. Here are five easy ways and places to identify stakeholders:
- Consult Project Charter: Project Sponsor, project manager, possibly project team members, and other stakeholders may be listed here.
- Brainstorming: Get together with the team and ask for their help.
- Organizational Charts. Review organization charts. If they don't exist, you may have to draw them up and review with others to make sure they are correct.
- Collaborate with BA: The business analyst working with the project may have valuable insights.
- Ask: It never hurts to ask. Ask everyone you speak with "Who else should I speak with?" and "Have I missed any important stakeholders?"
How do you identify stakeholders?
Want to learn more about how to integrate these practices into a project methodology? Check out our Micro Guide to the PROJECT Methodology.
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