Should a sponsor be able to delegate?

This was a question that set me thinking. However, let me give you some background. I was with a client and I met two senior managers who set the context for some upcoming sponsor workshops. I then met around 40 people – some team members, a mix of project managers and project sponsors to identify: perceptions project managers and staff … Read More >

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From British Computer Society Meeting February, 2016 London

Performance management report for project sponsors- must do better

The group were sipping coffee and chatting until I interrupted them. I asked them take a look at the question posed putting some thoughts onto post it notes. The question was: So what is project sponsorship like in your organisation? Slowly, they started to write. I called a halt just before I started speaking (this was an event hosted by … Read More >

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The report can be found at

Transport for London’s Signal Failure – £886m more than planned*

Horrible headlines and a horrible situation. The above costs come from a report published by Budget and Performance Committee of the London Assembly. Some of the statistics and comments in the report are astounding and some are below: ·         ….TfL has grossly mismanaged its signalling contract with Bombardier, which means that anyone taking the District, Circle, Metropolitan, or Hammersmith & … Read More >

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Who should do what and when?

How good is project sponsorship in your company?

I was talking with a prospective client (let’s call him Bob) on the telephone and he asked me what I thought was the biggest problem for project sponsors? Now there are many issues around project sponsorship however one stands out for me which I used in my answer; project sponsorship roles.  I pointed out that that sponsors themselves ask me … Read More >

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Which one is most important?

Which project management template is the most important?

I was asked this question late last year on one of our project management training courses. I had introduced the group to a range of templates over the two days and one person asked this question towards the end of the day. I responded by saying that this was the first time I had been asked this question. I threw … Read More >

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Come through, I'm the owner of projects management  for the business

Who owns project management in your company?

It is interesting as I visit different companies around the UK to establish who owns project management within the business.  I usually ask the above question; with interesting results! The answer never seems to be straightforward. Some people simply do not know, others suggest the PMO or maybe the IT Director, or HR Director or …..I have even had it … Read More >

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