|For a long time we’ve recognized that strong executive support is a key success factor for any project. The project sponsor role was identified to address that need and now project managers make sure that someone’s name is always in the project sponsor space provided on all of our project documentation.
But have we really taken the time to make sure that the person we identify as the project sponsor is the right person to fill the role? Has anyone told them they are the sponsor? Or has anybody bothered to let the project sponsor know what being a sponsor really means and what we need them to do? If the answer to any of these questions is anything other than a loud, resounding “Yes!” then we may as well leave the space on the form blank.
Herein lays the difference between defining a project sponsor and truly having a project sponsor – the first looks good on paper, the second produces results.
So here’s my open letter to all those sponsors out there…
I know that you want this project to be a success and that you expect me as the project manager to dedicate myself to that goal. I’m more than willing to do that, but here’s what I’ll need from you:
The Project Manager
What Sponsorship Really Means
September 19, 2011 By Leave a Comment