The success of a project can be highly influenced by the support or otherwise of key stakeholders. If you don't get the support from the key stakeholders, you run a significant risk of the project falling apart. Other priorities cause people to be diverted from the project for days, or often completely removed. Major issues are never addressed. The project doesn't get its share of 'brain space' from decision makers.
After identifying stakeholders, they need to be categorised in two dimensions.
- Importance to the project
- Support for the project
By mapping these two dimensions, you can understand their
likely impact on the project. If someone who is critically
important to the project is totally opposed to the project,
the likelihood of a failure is high. The issue needs to be
addressed before work is undertaken.
The attached template has instructions for doing a stakeholder analysis. Questions can be asked through the interview to establish the importance and supportiveness of each stakeholder