Far too many EA teams struggle with stakeholder engagement. This is particularly disturbing because stakeholder engagement is the foundation of good architecture. In the real-world, stakeholder engagement is usually discussed as stakeholder management. All too often it is delivered as stakeholder manipulation, where the preferences of the sponsor or the EA team are sold.
To address this challenge Conexiam has developed a stakeholder engagement workshop to help an EA team perform real stakeholder management – weighing organization and stakeholder preference, internal and external constraints to obtain agreement to an architecture that addresses the set of stakeholder requirements. Typically this workshop is held when a major initiative is starting, or when one is crashing & burning.
For this workshop to be most successful the participants must be open to understanding that the stakeholders, requirements, motivations and context that are understood prior to the workshop may be without solid foundation. As well, to configure delivery Conexiam will require access to the architecture initiative and supporting documentation.