Set in stone
Strong stakeholder relationships can be the key to project success. Therefore, stakeholders should define the expected results at the outset of a project. This article features two project professionals discussing how to convince stakeholders to settle on project requirements from the start of a project. In doing so, it details the benefits to project professionals when project requirements are defined early on in the project. It then explains how stakeholders can be encouraged to dedicate the necessary time and effort for setting requirements, suggesting that they need to be clear on quality, time and budget requirements and have a qualified business analyst responsible for collecting requirements. The article then overviews handling a stakeholder who refuses to provide requirements. For example, it recommends visualizing a diagram where stakeholders are plotted within an importance axis. It concludes by reporting how requirements from multiple stakeholder groups can be obtained.