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Silver Bullet to Project Success - Sponsor, PM and BA

Categories: BA, PMP, Project Manager, Sponsor

Is your organization looking for that silver bullet; a fail-safe solution to avoid another project failure?  Project success should not be elusive if you have an executive sponsor, project manager and business analyst: 1) identified at the beginning of your project, 2) filled with competent trained staff, and 3) engaged with internal and external stakeholders throughout the project. In fact, these roles could be the remedy to cure major prevailing problems in your organization.  i.e.: poor project performance, over budget, solutions not meeting stakeholder needs/expectations. 

Let’s look at a snapshot of each role to better understand how the role and key behaviors/skillsets help sets the stage for project success.


Key Behaviors/Skillsets

  • Executive Sponsor: Your role is a key role for project success; it’s time to elevate your commitment to provide necessary guidance for the project manager and business analyst.
  • Support, coach/mentor, communicates with stakeholders, escalates issues to senior management, remove barriers and approves resources for the project
  • Project Manager: (PM) Your role is shifting from project management to project leadership.  It’s time to step out of your comfort zone to coach sponsors, lead change, effectively manage your projects through the entire lifecycle and lead distributed global teams.
  • Leadership, coach/mentor, define project scope, communication with project team, stakeholders and sponsor, stakeholder expectation management, goal-driven, builds trust, results-oriented
  • Business Analyst: (BA) Your role is taking a front row seat where you belong alongside your business partner; the project manager.  BAs can really help move the needle forward to align projects for success.


  • Engagement with business, business analysis tasks i.e.: define solution scope and business requirements for alignment with business and project objectives, communicate concepts and details with diagrams and models

In a nutshell, the executive sponsor, PM and BA; all play leadership roles;

  • The Executive Sponsor owns the project and is responsible for benefits realization to create value for the business case,
  •  The PM leads the team and delivers the solution and
  • The BA ensures that the solution meets the business need and aligns with business and project objectives.

Reduce your risk of another project failure in your organization; enhance the collaboration of these key leaders to increase the likelihood your projects will be successful throughout their project lifecycle.

Originally published at and KellyProjectSolutions

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Posted on: April 14, 2017 01:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Are You on the Road to Attain Your PMP?

Categories: Interviews, Leadership, PMP

Occasionally, I’ll get asked to review a book on project management or leadership.  It’s a great honor to be part of a community of project managers who recognize the benefits in giving back to their community.  John A. Estrella, author and PMP has recently published a book called “PMP Practice Makes Perfect”.  As a credentialed PMP, I would have appreciated having this book as a resource while I was preparing for my exam years ago.    I reached out to John for an interview so he could share some insights into his book and here’s what Estrella had to say about it…


 Naomi: Great book; can you share how the collaboration with five authors of this book came together?

 [John] I have colleagues all over the world and I wanted to make sure that the authors provide an international perspective similar to how the PMP questions are written. So, I contacted my trusted friends in the U.S., U.K. and Canada who are experts in the field to help me put together this book.

 Naomi: Give us a synopsis of your book;"PMP Practice Makes Perfect and who can use this book?

 [John] Our book is perfect for those who are preparing for the PMP exam and would like to make sure that they can pass it on their first try. If you think are ready to take the PMP exam, we challenge you to answer the questions on the first chapter of the book. If you can answer them, then you can try four actual exam sets with 200+ questions each. If you can confidently complete them, then you are in great shape to take the PMP exam. Otherwise, you need study some more.

 Naomi: How did you design the 1000's of practice questions and answers?

 [John] We looked at various sources from PMI to ensure that the questions closely resemble the actual PMP exam from question structure (question stem and options) to overall exam set composition (process group and knowledge area ratios).

 Naomi: How important is it to give back to PMI and the volunteer community? 

 [John]I am where I am now because throughout my career several people (friends, strangers, volunteers, etc.) donated their wisdom and time by mentoring and writing project management standards. It is very important that we give back to the PMI community so that we can keep this process going into perpetuity.

 Naomi: Do you have any other books in publication that would benefit Project and Program Managers?

 [John] My previous book is Lessons in Learned in Project Management. I also wrote a book titled: Identifying Software Project Risks: An International Comparative Study.

 Naomi: Tell us what you're working on next and how to engage with you

[John]I just got back from a one-year trip around the world with my family so we are NOT planning to do anything soon! I can be reached via LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter. Just look up my name, John A. Estrella.

Posted on: July 22, 2012 03:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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