Category Archives: project sponsorship

OFFICIAL! Project sponsorship has been declared null and void.

At a meeting of the International Project Management Convocation (IProMco) this month, the Board ruled there was no need for projects to have a project sponsor. The Board suggested that as the role was not being played out fully by project sponsors then it was ‘unnecessary.’ In addition, the amount of project sponsorship training has fallen dramatically over the last … Read More >

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How to communicate bad news to your project sponsor

This is a guest post from Helena Liu, PMP. Delivering bad news to your project sponsor is not an easy task that any project manager. You never know what you can expect. However, projects almost never go according to plan, resulting in extensions and budget increases. Learning how to communicate deal with and communicate bad news to a project sponsor … Read More >

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It’s time to introduce a selection process for project sponsors

In our book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship” (published by Management Concepts) we made the suggestion the company should be making every effort to interview for project sponsors. Not external candidates, but internal ones.   Now as we suggested in the book, “if your company has a strong project management culture this idea is entirely plausible. If not, then it is … Read More >

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Woody Allen and Project Sponsorship – he really made the connection!

What is the connection? He said: “80% of life is turning up.” When I read this I immediately linked this with project sponsorship. Why? Because so many project managers have complained about: not knowing who their sponsor is having a sponsor who is a named person but is inactive having a sponsor who forgets the overall business benefits and gets … Read More >

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My project sponsor does not understand project management!

This was the sentiment expressed by one person on a recent project management course. This person was not alone; many of the group agreed. We discussed whether the sponsor should understand project management and it was agreed that while they did not need to know every technique they should have ‘a very good overview.’ It raises an interesting issue – … Read More >

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Effective project sponsor briefing is essential.

It’s a key strategic objective. The very success of this project will ensure that the company steals an estimated 12 months on the competition and give you huge competitive advantage. It’s been in research phase (for 8 months) and now, after a successful business case has been developed you are given the project to deliver. This is your first involvement … Read More >

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