Initiating

Stakeholder Analysis

Stakeholder analysis is used to classify stakeholders. It can be used to help fill in the stakeholder register. Analyzing stakeholders can also help in planning stakeholder engagement for groups of stakeholders.

The following example is used to assess the relative power (high or low), the relative interest (high or low), and the attitude (friend or foe). There are many other ways to categorize stakeholders. Some exam- ples include:

  • Influence/impact
  • Power/urgency/legitimacy

Stakeholder analysis receives information from:

  • Project charter
  • Procurement documents

Stakeholder analysis is a tool used in 13.1 Identify Stakeholders in the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition.

Tailoring tips

Consider the following tips to help you tailor the stakeholder analysis to meet your needs:

  • For projects with relatively homogenous stakeholders you can use a 2 × 2 grid that only considers two variables, such as interest and influence.
  • For larger projects consider using a 3 × 3 stakeholder Tailor the categories to reflect the importance of various stakeholder variables.

Alignment

The stakeholder analysis should be aligned and consistent with the following documents:

  • Stakeholder register
  • Stakeholder engagement plan
Document element   Description
Name or role The stakeholder name, organization, or group
Interest The level of concern the stakeholder has for the project
Influence The degree to which the stakeholder can drive or influence outcomes for the project
Attitude The degree to which the stakeholder supports the project