Power interest grid

Use the classic grid with 2 coordinates, power and interest, to determine where the stakeholders stand with respect to your project


Participants list and categorize all the stakeholders involved in a project by considering their power over the work and their interest in it. The different combinations of different levels of power and interest that arise become a practical structure for better stakeholder management. The visual representation on the power interest grid is useful in choosing the right approach when interacting with them, since some of them may be highly interested in seeing the project succeed, others don’t even want to be bothered with this kind of stuff, and many are interested but they don’t have almost any power to make the project advance, while few could have a major impact by saying only one word and yet they are not willing to spend their time and energy for the sake of the project, and so on.



  • Introduce the activity to the participants and split them into teams.
  • Each team will name a team coordinator who will facilitate the discussion in the breakout room and then present the outcome to the other teams, based on the ideas written within the predefined template.
  • Provide the activity link to each team.


  • Participants brainstorm and list the stakeholders involved in a certain project. They write down the names of the stakeholders on the sticky notes posted on the brainstorming wall.
  • For the second part of the activity, participants map each name written on the sticky notes on the power interest grid, after defining for each of them the combination of the level of power-level of interest.

Debrief (suggested)

  • The team coordinator from each team will present the outcome to the other teams.
  • The facilitator may ask the following questions:
    • What did you discover during this activity?
    • What challenges did you face during this activity? How did you overcome them?
    • How did you reach consensus within the team regarding the level of power/interest of the stakeholders?



Additional info

This activity follows activity type guide from CARTA

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