In my previous post I talk about “stakeholders”. I occurs to me that I have used this term for so long that the definition I have for it may elude some folks, and differ from some other folks’ definitions.
So here’s my definition:
A stakeholder is any person that stands to (possibly) gain or lose something from a specific proposed or actual endeavour.
Or, expressed in terms of needs:
A stakeholder is any person with needs that might be met – or jeopardised – because of a specific proposed or actual endeavour.
Aside: Often, I find it convenient to subdivide the needs of any one individual, according to the various role(s) they may play in an endeavour. For an example of this, see my post entitled “Nonviolent Project management“.