Identify the Stakeholders (Process Notes 1.2.4)
Identify all the people who have a vested interest in the product being built: These are the stakeholders. Stakeholders participate in the requirements-gathering phase, as it is the stakeholders who determine the product they need built.
You are looking for people who will be affected by the product or participate in its development. While the stakeholder list must not be so large as to include everyone in the building,
Stakeholders must be individually named. Do not accept "someone from the accounting office."
Here is a checklist of potential stakeholders:
For each stakeholder identify these items:
Refer to Chapter 3, Project Blastoff, for more guidance in doing a complete stakeholder analysis.
Refer to appendix D, Project Sociology Analysis Templates, for tools to help you analyze the sociology of your project.
Partition the Context (Process Notes 1.2.5)
Partition the context into business events.
Start outside the system, and look for those happenings that result in a communication between an adjacent system and your work context. For example, when a customer places an order for some service from your system, it is a business event.
The system does not initiate the event, but has to respond to it. Thus, when any signal arrives from outside your context and your system must make some response, it is a business event.
Remember that these are business events, not the individual events that happen when the