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Stakeholder management: What is the reasonable length and is there such thing as ‘stakeholder creep’?
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In a mature, large, highly divisionalised private organisation, generally what is the reasonable timeframe to ascertain your stakeholders? Is there such thing as ‘stakeholder creep’?
Thank you for your thoughts!
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Suzi -

Stakeholder identification and analysis is not a one-time thing - it needs to be revisited regularly over the life of the project.

The scope of a project, its complexity and other context will dictate how long it takes to identify all key stakeholders, and certainly stakeholders can change over the life of a project although I wouldn't necessarily refer to that as "creep".

Kiron
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Apr 29, 2019 12:27 PM
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Thank you Kiron, reassuring to know that!
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As Kiron points out, stakeholder management is an ongoing process. You will have some of the same stakeholders many times over. Some of the stakeholders will change. Some of their opinions/values will change based on the maturation of their opinions. Sometimes the environment will change driving different stakeholder values. As a PM, I am constantly trying to read and adapt to the stakeholder landscape.
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Apr 29, 2019 12:29 PM
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Thank you Keith, I’m learning too perhaps slightly in a different pace!
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It is not unusual for the number of stakeholders to increase throughout your project. Reach out to your marketing and public relations departments to get as exhaustive a list as possible from the start.
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Apr 29, 2019 12:30 PM
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Great tips, thank you Stephane!
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I wish there were a standard formula like the number of communication channels . Unfortunately there is not.
You start your project with a base set of stakeholders - sponsor, key managers, key subject matter experts and keep adding as you progressively elaborate your scope.
And then you finish your project and realize that the end product does not meet the customer need because you forgot a key stakeholder :) .
Quote unquote from The Matrix by Morpheus
"WELCOME, TO THE REAL WORLD ".
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Apr 29, 2019 1:40 PM
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Thanks for your thoughts Deepesh, very interesting scenario indeed!
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Time ago I wrote an article that was published by the PMI. Here the link with the hope that it helps (https://www.projectmanagement.com/blog-pos...h-stakeholders)
Talking following the PMI there are two roles today: business analyst (BA) and project manager (PM). Projects are started to create a solution. BA starts working before a project exists to help the organization in defining the solution and PM starts working when the project has approved. But as best practice both roles must work together along the journey except the point where the project ends and BA continue working to monitor if expected benefits are achieved. So, all related to stakethoders begins at zero moment when the need to put strategy into action emerges and is the BA who starts working on stakeholder management. PM will add steholders more related to project working with the BA. The length could be hugh but the stakeholders into the radar are defined according your solution team structure which is on hands of BA. Solution is equal to "the thing" to be created plus "the process" to create it. Just to clarify, if you use PoC (point of contact) structure (the person who is the ambassador for a group of people or business unit) that is the people who have to list into the stakeholder list (for example, BPoC - Business Point of Contact, TPoC - Technical point of contact, and so on).
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Apr 29, 2019 1:41 PM
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Thank very much Sergio, very elobrative, and the linked article is very useful thanks on both! :-)
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Stakeholders management - as many other PM areas - must be live. Plan, execute and review until the last day!
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Apr 29, 2019 1:42 PM
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Thanks Antonio appreacite your thoughts!
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I agree with Kiron and Keith on this one. Stakeholders can change over time although Sponsor an key stakeholders should generally stay fairly fixed.

The interesting part is the "Stakeholder Creep" in an organisation like yours and others. Although you wont find this in any book (correct me if I'm wrong anybody but I've never seen it) it actually does exist. After you've mapped out your stakeholders and you have your list of Key stakeholders and set up regular meetings with them, after a few weeks or months you find that key stakeholders that haven't been able to attend (or can't be bothered) and sent representatives have kept the rep's on the distribution and they attend regularly with the key stakeholders. So instead of a quality group of 8 key stakeholders you have 14 or 15 at some meetings and 4-5 at others with a distribution list of 20 all of whom want their voices heard.

This should be manageable by setting up the meeting ToR at the start and what is expected of the stakeholders and managing the distribution list keeping only key stakeholders on the list unless there is a proposed change.

And as Deepesh said "Welcome, to the Real World"
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Apr 29, 2019 2:22 PM
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Thank you Gordon for your thoughts! I certainly find it very challenging to manage, it explained a lot of things... one of them being why there wasn’t a dedicated PMO, the other was how well one could cracked the ‘layering’ code presented very subtly by the senior management!
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Stakeholder management is an ongoing process and you have to update the list of your stakeholders and their needs.
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Apr 29, 2019 2:23 PM
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Thank you Abolfazl for your valuable comments!
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Apr 28, 2019 6:58 PM
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Suzi -

Stakeholder identification and analysis is not a one-time thing - it needs to be revisited regularly over the life of the project.

The scope of a project, its complexity and other context will dictate how long it takes to identify all key stakeholders, and certainly stakeholders can change over the life of a project although I wouldn't necessarily refer to that as "creep".

Kiron
Thank you Kiron, reassuring to know that!
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Apr 28, 2019 8:50 PM
Replying to Keith Novak
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As Kiron points out, stakeholder management is an ongoing process. You will have some of the same stakeholders many times over. Some of the stakeholders will change. Some of their opinions/values will change based on the maturation of their opinions. Sometimes the environment will change driving different stakeholder values. As a PM, I am constantly trying to read and adapt to the stakeholder landscape.
Thank you Keith, I’m learning too perhaps slightly in a different pace!
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