This month’s free project management template is a register for your stakeholders.
It’s not like being a classroom where you’ll tick them off as they arrive at meetings or anything (what’s that called where you are? Here it’s the class register and the teacher takes it in the morning).
A stakeholder register is a formal way of documenting the people who are involved in your project. It also includes other details like their contact information. More useful than that are two columns that you shouldn’t overlook:
Expectations: This is where you can document what they are expecting from the project. What does success look like for them? Having this on your stakeholder register will prompt you to ask them the question. Then summarise the answer and pop it in here so you don’t forget.
Influence: On this template I’ve gone for ‘influencer’, ‘supporter’ and ‘neutral’ but you can use whatever descriptions you like, or create a different one for every stakeholder if that gives you more of an idea of how their role is going to play out on the project.
This document is fine if everything you write down about your stakeholders is rosy, but the moment you start labelling someone as ‘Influence: Project Denouncer’ or something like that, then you need to be really careful about where this document ends up.
Use your professional judgement and if in doubt, don’t share it.
I’ll send you the link to the Stakeholder Register Template when you enter your email address below.
It’s an XLSX spreadsheet and you’ll want to delete my notes: you can take all the credit, I don’t mind. Just don’t sell it on.
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