A stakeholder is someone who has an interest in the problem and its potential solution.
Every stakeholder has a role to play in the implementation of the solution and the business analyst has to interact with each person both directly and indirectly.
Some of the stakeholders in an organization include:
1. Business Analyst: A business analyst is also a stakeholder because they are involved in all the business analysis activities. These business analysis activities need to be accomplished in order to make a successful change in organization.
2. Customer: A customer is someone who buys goods or services from the organization. They have an interest in the solution because all positive changes would benefit them both directly or indirectly.
3. End User: An end user is someone who actively uses a product or a solution. They are the ones who would use the solution in the organization so they have an interest in its successful implementation.
4. Project Manager: A project manager is someone who is in charge of ensuring that the solution meets its objectives.
5. Sponsor: A sponsor is someone who is initiates the change and is in charge of controlling the budget and approving the work to be done.
6. Tester: The tester is in charge of verifying that the solution meets the stated requirements. They are also in charge of ensuring the quality standards and minimizing the risks associated with the solution.
These are just some of the stakeholders in business analysis. This list is not exhaustive and there are many other stakeholders involved in business analysis activities and the success of the solution.