Project sponsors may find themselves in a project sponsorship role because they are experienced project managers and are now taking on more responsibility as a board member. If this is the case, the main challenge can be shifting a mindset from managing a project, to ‘directing’ a project and providing appropriate leadership support and direction for the project manager.
Alternatively, a project sponsor may have little or no project management experience, and have another area of business expertise. People can find themselves in the role of project sponsor, because they will be responsible for ‘owning’ the results of what the project delivers. In this case their main challenges are around understanding what is required of them in that role, and understanding what to expect from the project manager.
The sponsor’s contribution can make the difference between the success or failure of a project, and the importance of this role should not be underestimated.
What the course covers – duration 1 day
- The sponsor’s responsibilities in directing a project
- Making effective decisions throughout the project lifecycle
- Supporting project managers in delivering projects on time and to budget
- Recognising early warning signs of potential project problems
- Managing wider stakeholder groups
- Linking project outcomes to wider programme initiatives