Now let’s talk about discovering stakeholders of your project. The list depends on the size of your organisation, but in any case, it should be quite long. That is something you need to keep in mind.
If you have a Project Charter, it is the place to start. Everyone on it is important. Especially preassigned people and those who will support and assist the project but not a part of the future project team. Why? These people have knowledge or experience relevant to the project. However, they are not under your direct influence. You need them more than they need you. So, you will have to manage them carefully.
Next list everyone who has any responsibility to control your project or to give approval to your actions. You will definitely need to know their requirements to project processes, reports or documentation.
After that switch to subject matter experts relevant to your project and suitable candidates for your project team. List them and their current direct managers. You may need to negotiate with them on the selected resources. If you need to hire someone, do make friends in HR department as soon as possible.
You may also want to talk to your direct superior. Ask him or her directly about potential stakeholders.
Next, you need to talk to everyone on the list. Ask their opinion on who can be interested or useful for the project. You can do that together with your Stakeholder Analysis. Put it as a question on the list.
Once again, the list of stakeholders will be long. However, it does not mean that you will need to manage them all in the future. The goal of this exercise is to ensure that you do not miss someone important. Someone who will pop up unexpectedly and make a severe impact on the project somewhere in the middle.
So, put on a detective’s hat on and find all your stakeholders. See you in the next episode.