Stakeholder Management: Simple but Not Necessarily Easy

Posted by Alex Geray on 5/11/17 12:00 PM

Written by Alex Geray and Adam Ferrario.

One of the most crucial steps in Business Analysis is the identification and management of stakeholders in a project. Generally, when we talk about stakeholders, we are referring to individuals or groups with a vested interest in the project because either they are involved in the work or affected by the outcomes.

These stakeholders are paramount to the success of the project and can have a huge influence on the outcome. Before you can jump right into managing the project stakeholders, you must find out who they are and the role they will play.

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Collaboration is the Key to Process Improvement

Posted by Alex Geray on 2/2/17 12:02 PM

Even in a world where you can complete nearly any task with the help of a computer, getting on the same page as your clients and collaborating with your peers will always be the best way to meet your goals. How, where, and when you collaborate can make or break some of your business’ goals.

The best ideas in the world are not going to progress as they should if your lines of communication are a tangled mess and your staff doesn’t have the tools they need to succeed. As an experienced business analyst, I am always looking for ways to bring up productivity and focus on the small details that make a big difference.

If you are feeling like you are being held back but cannot quite figure out why your deliverables are not the streamlined process they should be, then here are a few things to consider when going into the development of a new project.

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4 Expert Tips for Better Cross-Functional Project Management

Posted by Sonal Sheth on 1/13/16 11:06 AM

A cross-functional project team is a group of people from different facets of the organization, that have the varied skill sets required to work towards the common objectives of a project. As expected, the role of a Project Manager and project management expands beyond just keeping the project on track. It must also encompass team building, conflict resolution and strong leadership.

As a PM for the Telecommunications department of a leading Class 1 railroad in North America, working to implement a safety system as mandated by the Railroad Safety act of 2008, I have had the unique opportunity to be a key part of a cross-functional team, leading and managing my piece of the estimated $1.4B project.

The scope of the project was very vast, impacting almost all railroad employees and resources, and there were a multitude of challenges the team faced as they forged ahead with the project.

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Keys to Project Success: How to Leverage Stakeholders Pt. 2

Posted by Sean McGrath on 12/16/15 11:00 AM

In Part One of this blog series, I put forward a bit of a different approach to the first part of stakeholder management within a project or program: gathering a team of advisors to rate/rank stakeholder attributes with the aim of identifying where your change efforts will need to focus.

The team of trusted advisors I suggested for this task are very likely not on the actual project team – those folks tend to be technical “doers” rather than the astute managers we really need in order to creatively assess and solve people-oriented problems.


Leveraging Positional Authority and Organizational Influence

We left off with the last post having gathered this team of trusted advisors, and having analyzed and ranked our stakeholders against various attributes.  The two I focused on most were Positional Authority and Organizational Influence. 

Positional Authority relates specifically to where a stakeholder sits in the organizational chart.  A VP gets a higher rank than a manager, who ranks higher than an individual contributor. 

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