Project Sociology: Identifying and involving the stakeholders

The major factor that affects the success of a project is having the right people involved in the right subjects at the right time. We recognise the need to identify the project’s stakeholders and to find ways of appropriately involving them throughout the life of the project. The stakeholders are all the people who have some kind of interest in the project. This might be because they have an active role in building or using it or it might be because their knowledge is necessary to make it fit into the world. The first step towards discovering all the requirements is to understand who all the stakeholders are, what roles they are expected to play, how much involvement they need to have and how committed they are to the project.