People who support the project 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 project in various ways.
The reference network:
- Provides comments from a user or stakeholder perspective.
- Gives (specialist) views on solutions or methods.
- Will do some limited work in the project.
- Keeps regularly updated, passes on information and helps anchor the project.
When necessary, parts of a reference network can be organized into one or more groups.
People can be part of the project team during their most active periods, but be in the reference network the rest of the time.