Stakeholders, love ‘em or hate ‘em – you still need to manage them effectively

Last week I ran a project management course for a client and I ran the same event this week for a different client. As part of the build up to the course I send out a document with objectives, course content as well as a questionnaire which we discuss early on day 1.

One of the questions reads “what sort of problems typically arise in your projects? “ We chart the answers and on analysis it is interesting to note that a significant number of the answers relate to project management stakeholders:

• we can’t seem to get HR on board

• people do not deliver as requested

• they always seem to drag their heals when we talk about this project

Later on in the course I introduce course participants to the idea of stakeholder management, stakeholder triage and a mapping activity.

I do this, but in my head!

When we discuss this topic I often hear “Yes, I do this, but I do it in my head.” We then discuss the risks involved in doing this.

When I show the group our stakeholder template there seems to be almost uniform agreement that it will help identify and start the management of stakeholders. So, in order to make this more available to you, maybe your clients or maybe a project team manager or even a project sponsor I have put a copy of the stakeholder management template on our web site for you. Simply go here and use it to support the overall delivery of your projects.

Any feedback would be most welcome.

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