December 13, 2007 | Author: PM Hut | Filed under: Project Stakeholder Management
A Special Stakeholder: The Project Sponsor
By Lisa Sieverts
Here’s a post to print and paste on the door of your project sponsor. Most sponsors don’t fully understand their responsibilities. They think it’s a matter of inventing a project goal and then telling a team to go do it. Well, there’s a little more to it.
I’ve put this list together after years of working with project teams and sponsors. I’ve borrowed language from myriad sources. I’ve found that when I go over this list with the sponsor and the team early in the project, it helps to set a positive and productive tone for the entire project.
The sponsor has the following duties:
- Has financial responsibility for the project
- Assists in the development of the project charter and approves the project scope definition
- Approves the project plan
- Communicates clearly with the client and manages client expectations and relationships
- Is responsible for the functional quality of the solution
- Questions the realism of plans and resource estimates
- Considers whether those aspects of the requirements which are risky, difficult, or expensive are essential
- Avoids imposing deadlines without asking for and accepting the consequences for scope and resources
- Gives the project manager clear authority to make all decisions within the scope, objectives and priorities
- Helps the project manager resolve aspects of the scope and objectives which are not clear
- Asks for and listens to bad news
- Consults rapidly and makes decisions promptly
- Supports a good project/opportunity in trouble, and ends a bad one
- Proactively takes the job seriously
Lisa Sieverts is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI), a global leader in the development of standards for the practice of project management. Before she founded Facilitated Change, she worked for Hewlett-Packard in California and Idaho for 12 years as a systems administrator and project manager. Lisa also teaches at the graduate level and is an experienced meeting facilitator and workshop leader. She holds an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Lisa’s website is http://www.lisasieverts.com/. Her professional blog can be found at http://project-tips.com/.
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