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The 6 Things Every Stakeholder Wants

Emad Aziz 6 Things Stakeholders Want from Project ManagersYou think you know what your stakeholders want. Emad Aziz has a model that will make sure you do. He shared it with delegates at the PMI Global Congress EMEA earlier this month and it will give you a huge degree of clarity when starting to work with a new group of project stakeholders or a new sponsor.

And it’s easy.

Emad said in his presentation that there are 6 things that every stakeholder wants. Let’s take a look at the list.

1. To know what’s in it for them

Many, many people are motivated by knowing what the benefit is for them. Depending on your project this could be one (or more) of several reasons including:

  • An easier life through a better process
  • Faster turnaround times for key activities
  • The opportunity for a bonus or to make more money
  • Recognition
  • A boost to their career.

If you can point out what personal benefit they will be receiving then you’re more likely to get them to engage with the project.

2. To know what’s in it for the organisation

People also like to understand the big picture. Project sponsors should get this already but stakeholders from other areas of the organisation may need you to explain it.

This is the five-minute version of the business case: a quick rundown on why you are doing this project and what business problems it will solve. [click to continue…]

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