In a software selection plan, you should identify different types of team members. Change is hard, even when people say they want something new. Knowing who is impacted by this software selection and how they are impacted is critical to the success of the selection, implementation, and long-term use of the software.
a. Users. You’ll want to identify the participants of the business processes in question as they’ll become the users of the software you buy. The user list is not static. As you define requirements and learn more about every team touched by each process, you’ll make changes. Classify users in three categories based on how they would use a solution: power participants, occasional participants, and readers. For the initial plan, you may not identify all users if your company is large but try to identify some users in every category.
b. Stakeholders. Note who owns the business processes the software will support. They have an interest because this project will affect them and their teams directly.
c. Influencers. We’re going to borrow from social media marketing here to identify people who can sway others for or against the project or eventual software selected. Influencers can be any level in the company and are respected for their knowledge and skills.
d. Sponsors. Continue to seek sponsors—executives who can help make the project a priority and/or provide budget and resources. Sponsors ideally take some level of responsibility for this project and will build support with others.
Here’s a helpful template that shows one way you can put the team identification together.