People who support assignment work or are affected by its results.
Sometimes called a reference group, a reference network is usually not a formal group, but an umbrella term for the people who support the assignment in various ways.
- Provides comments from a user or stakeholder perspective.
- Gives specialist support to the assignment team.
- Carries out limited work for the assignment.
- Keeps updated, informs others and helps anchor the assignment.
People can be part of the assignment team during their most active periods, but be in the reference network the rest of the time.
When necessary, parts of a reference network can be organized into one or more groups.