Stakeholder Register

The identification of stakeholders should be started at the earliest possible stage of the project, and this stakeholder identification should continue constantly throughout the project. The most important outcome of the stakeholder identification action is the stakeholder register used throughout the project.

As we mentioned before, stakeholders are the ones who have the potential to affect the objectives of your project or have the potential to be affected by your project. Even in unexpected times, stakeholders may emerge and harm your project or may cause positive effects. The trick here is using their effect for the success of the project by engaging stakeholders in project decisions and actions. This ensures value delivery at the end of the project.

No matter how competent a project manager is, it is impossible for him to perfectly master everything in the field of project management and be the one who does everything the best. That is why at some point it is necessary to take advantage of the competencies of stakeholders. In order to do this, it is necessary to get to know the stakeholders. Stakeholder register is a project artifact in which the results of this stakeholder analysis are transferred, the characteristics, strengths, influences and interests of stakeholders are recorded.

Stakeholder register is a project artifact that is also a part of log and register artifacts, it is likely to be used in a general project management methodology in the following performance domains: 

It is generally used as an input while creating several sub-plans of the project management plan such as;
The detail level of a stakeholder register may vary case by case, however, at minimum, it involves the names and contacts of identified stakeholders.
The main elements of a stakeholder register is as follow but it is not limited to it;
  • The name of the stakeholder
  • The stakeholder’s role in the project
  • Expectations of identified stakeholder
  • Requirements of stakeholder
  • Power level of stakeholder
  • Interest level to the project
  • Points of interest and influence
  • Classification as internal or external
  • Current engagement level.
  • Desired engagement level
  • Concerns