There are many stakeholders having different proportions of stake in a software project. Some stakeholders engage themselves during the complete lifecycle of project; others feel their presence is not crucial for every stage of the project. If any stakeholders feel themselves in the second category, they are not only doing injustice to the project but also to their role and responsibility. A stakeholder may not be required to produce results or give decisions at times during the project lifecycle but their engagement is unimportant is a misnomer.
The major stakeholders whose contribution is most important in a project affect the progress of a project to a very large extent. Some stakeholders merely assume their role to sign the reports and project stage sign off without knowing the real state of project. Others assume just to be meeting icons. Some keep finding excuses to skip project meetings. Some stakeholders will have ample time for anything else except project. Some stakeholders will be very judgmental in giving their opinion about the future of a project right at the time of its inception. If they are so correct about their predictions, probably they should consume their talent in being a little proactive and finding out ways of mitigating their predictions about something going wrong with the project.