O'Reilly logo

Practical Project Initiation: A Handbook with Tools by Karl E Wiegers

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Step 2: Identify Stakeholders and Their Interests

A project achieves success by delivering suitable value to various stakeholders—people or groups that are actively involved in a project, are affected by its outcome, or can influence its outcome (Project Management Institute 2004; Smith 2000). Begin your quest for success by identifying these stakeholders and what is important to them. "Value" could translate to time savings for a corporate department, market dominance for a commercial software vendor, or increased productivity for a user. Look for stakeholders both inside and outside the development organization, in the categories shown in Table 4-2. Stakeholders can be involved in a project in many different ways (McManus 2005).

Table 4-2. Some ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required