Stakeholder management is make-or-break for successful projects and productive change. In this two-part post I’ll explore a few key factors for project success that can really help Project Managers, Program Managers and even functional leaders as they tackle stakeholder management.
Project Managers often feel that they can’t sway others’ opinions. This belief can be laid partially at the feet of standard project management methodologies. Each has a set of procedures centered on a project planning tool – almost always an Excel template.
Teams populate the numerous data fields and produce any number of interesting two-by-two charts. The project team is meant to hunker down, identify all project stakeholders and rate them on the tool’s matrix. Once that is done, the team can then view the two-by-two charts, see where their stakeholders fit, and… then what?