Fry Away the Fat! Trimming your Stakeholders – Skeptical Agile
You may now be asking: do I have this problem? Here are a few questions to help you determine that:
- Does each your products have more that 2 key stakeholders?
- Do almost all of your stakeholders come from the hierarchical structure above the teams?
- Are many of your stakeholders from IT department?
- Are most of the stakeholders lacking basic decision-making powers such as having a budget, being able to prioritize or being users of the product?
If you answer YES to any of these, you are in trouble: a parasitic infestation grows inside your organization. You have many fake, unaccountable, whining babies, attention seekers, meeting planners and micro-managers pretending to be stakeholders.
Exterminate. Exterminate. Exterminate.
Getting rid of pseudo-stakeholders is theoretically simple. Practically, it requires you only follow a couple of simple steps for each product you have:
1. Examine how many stakeholders you have. Distinguish between the ones having money or being users and the parasitizing ones. Note you may have to create a stakeholder map to get to the real ones, as they may be hidden by layers of parasitic proxies.