Map out business, product, and project stakeholders that may impact or interact with the core team
Core team, stakeholders
As early as possible on a project, usually during a Kickoff.
There is currently a remote template available in Miro. Here you will find step instructions on how to conduct this practice remotely including general tips and info.
Provide all attendees at Kickoff with a large sticky note and have them write their:
Organize the sticky notes on the whiteboard before starting activity, placing the core team in the center, surrounded by clustered departments and project sponsors
Note: A core team member is someone who will be working on the project full-time
Tip: Creating a “straw man” version of the stakeholder map makes it easier for participants to edit what they see vs. create a map from scratch
Make sure people have name tags beforehand, it helps when calling on people
Walk through each “straw man” group and ask participants how they could support the core team
Create circles for departments and teams and connect people and/or teams with lines and directional arrows
Star key points of contact, especially if a department circle contains multiple people
You’ve succeeded when there exists a shared understanding of stakeholders involved so that teams can establish relationships, dive deeper where necessary and communicate appropriately.
This exercise has a tendency to go long. Your job is to keep each description brief and give the team people to follow up with.