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What is the relationship between Project Sponsor and Program Manager?
The Project Sponsor is often appointed/selected by the Project Steer-com meanwhile there is Program Manager overseeing the Project. What is the line of reporting between the Project Sponsor and Program Manager in a fully projectized organization?
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The role of the project sponsor is business-focused. A program manager is usually process-focused. There usually is no direct relationship between the two, only relationships through the project manager.
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1 reply by John Malatji
Jul 19, 2016 1:39 PM
John Malatji
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Stephane: I agree, the Program Manager will also look after shared resources, alignment of his projects, liaising with external stakeholder(s), etc.

While the Program Manager is mainly focused on the impact of the project to wards his program, the Project Sponsor is looking at the direct impact of the project towards the organisation.
If that project is part of a program, the program manager may act as the project sponsor. Program governance will ensure proper definition and initiation of the project. (see PMI Standard for Program Mgmt for further details).
You can have a look at this email thread, it may help

Project Sponsor Vs Executive Sponsor

http://www.projectmanagement.com/discussio...ecutive-Sponsor
Anonymous
Your question has ambiguity because you are using the terms PROJECT sponsor and PROGRAM manager. Programs could have sponsor but in general the relation between Program Manager and PROGRAM sponsor is ususally provider-customer relation; the sponsor is the internal customer.

If you are talking about project sponsor for a specific project within a program, then you will have one of two situations (1) what Thomas explained or (2) the two might be at the same level.

However, it all depends on the organization culture.
John - I think it is a GREAT question, but did you mean Project Sponsor and Program Sponsor?

I went through looking for information about this when analyzing sponsorship. There is so much to learn in this regard. Whole lot of information over the internet and lot to learn when investigating around this.
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1 reply by John Malatji
Jul 19, 2016 1:22 PM
John Malatji
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Hi George: I am referring to Project Sponsor and Program Manager.
You find that a Program Manager has a number of related projects assigned to him, and the Steering Committee appointed/nominated a Project Sponsor to look after the project in-between Steer-com Meetings. Now the Project Manager effectively has two bosses.

As Stephane says, the two should have distinct functions. The Sponsor is an internal client, or project owner while Program Manager is the Project Manager's direct superior. The responsibilities of the two roles in some instances interface to an extend that there may even overlap.

The challenge for the Project Manager arise when the two bosses have conflicting views, while they are at the same level of seniority.
Jul 19, 2016 10:47 AM
Replying to George Lewis
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John - I think it is a GREAT question, but did you mean Project Sponsor and Program Sponsor?

I went through looking for information about this when analyzing sponsorship. There is so much to learn in this regard. Whole lot of information over the internet and lot to learn when investigating around this.
Hi George: I am referring to Project Sponsor and Program Manager.
You find that a Program Manager has a number of related projects assigned to him, and the Steering Committee appointed/nominated a Project Sponsor to look after the project in-between Steer-com Meetings. Now the Project Manager effectively has two bosses.

As Stephane says, the two should have distinct functions. The Sponsor is an internal client, or project owner while Program Manager is the Project Manager's direct superior. The responsibilities of the two roles in some instances interface to an extend that there may even overlap.

The challenge for the Project Manager arise when the two bosses have conflicting views, while they are at the same level of seniority.
Jul 18, 2016 4:59 PM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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The role of the project sponsor is business-focused. A program manager is usually process-focused. There usually is no direct relationship between the two, only relationships through the project manager.
Stephane: I agree, the Program Manager will also look after shared resources, alignment of his projects, liaising with external stakeholder(s), etc.

While the Program Manager is mainly focused on the impact of the project to wards his program, the Project Sponsor is looking at the direct impact of the project towards the organisation.
Insightful discussion and a good question!
I'm following up.

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