Stakeholder Definition

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Dragon1 Definition for Stakeholder:
A stakeholder is an individual, group, or organization that is affected by, has an effect on, has an interest in or has concerns about something, for instance, an organization.

What is a Stakeholder?

Stakeholder definition: A stakeholder is an individual, group, or organization that is affected by, has an effect on, has an interest in, or has concerns about something, for instance, an organization.

Let us define Stakeholders. What is the difference between the different types of stakeholders and their roles?

Types of Stakeholders

Types of stakeholders concerning organizations are Owner/Clients (the primary stakeholders), End Users, Shareholders, Clients, Employees, Managers, Architects, Contractors, Government, Suppliers, and Chain partners.

Stakeholder Roles

The diagram below shows the different roles stakeholders have.

Stakeholder Management and Moderating The Program of Requirements

Any architect, whether you're an enterprise architect or software architect, should agree on delivering certain services with its owner/client: design, construction, inspiration, review, audit, or advice.

The owner/client and architect are wise to agree on architecture design & construction contracts. The owner/client often is the one paying for the design and construction. The owner/client will or should tell you who, and which stakeholders, to consult for requirements and for what domains of the solution.

You as an architect also proactively discuss with the owner/client all the stakeholders to approach and for what. It is your job as an architect to moderate the program of requirements, collecting the requirements from the stakeholders. So here you see how important stakeholder management is.

Stakeholder Onion Diagram

Just defining groups of people as stakeholders has no meaning. Identifying stakeholders because of their relationship with the organization and defining that, is very meaningful.

A generic diagram to do that with is called the Stakeholder Onion Diagram. On the Dragon1 platform, it is easy for you to model your stakeholders with a Stakeholder Onion Diagram.

Stakeholder as Entity of the Enterprise Strategy

Stakeholder as an entity is part of the enterprise strategy. In the Enterprise Strategy Reference Model, you'll find the position of stakeholder amongst other entities.

In addition, as part of the enterprise strategy, you can visualize the stakeholders via an architecture atlas with their dependencies and responsibilities towards the products and services in the organization.

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