Power/Interest Grid

power interest grid 1 - Power/Interest Grid

Before we jump into the Power/Interest Grid, lets go back to the Identify Stakeholders process. One of the key Tools in that process is Stakeholder Analysis

Stakeholder Analysis

To perform stakeholder analysis, you need to interview all the stakeholders to understand the value that they expect to derive from the project. Based on this analysis, you will be able to divide the stakeholders in different groups with a focus on what motivates them. This division will also help you in communicating only the relevant information and not share extraneous details which could be useless. For instance, the project sponsor might not really be interested in the day-to-day project activities

Power/Interest Grid

One of the best ways to handle what you are communicating with whom is to create the Power/Interest Grid.

image 1 - Power/Interest Grid

When you plot your stakeholders on the power/interest grid, you will be able to instantly take cues on how to deal with them based on their Power and Interest in the project. As mentioned in the image above you need to,

  • Manage Closely those that have High Power and High Interest, example – Sponsor
  • Keep Satisfied those that have High Power and Low Interest, example – Functional Manager
  • Keep Informed those that have Low Power and High Interest, example – Support Functions like HR, Finance
  • Monitor those that have Low Power and Low Interest, example – Subject Matter Experts

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