Project Sponsors in Government: The Good, Bad and the Ugly
Do project managers take project sponsors very seriously? Do project sponsors take project managers very seriously? The topic of Project Sponsors and Project Manager relationships (or PS2PM) has been discussed probably as long as sponsors have been formally recognized in the late 1980’s. Despite this length of time, PMs often underappreciate the importance of their relationship to their sponsor. What makes a good PS2PM relationship? Well it depends largely on your perspective. A project or program manager wants a sponsor that has their back. Sponsors want a project manager they can rely upon to deliver, foresee risks and above all keep them informed. In theory, these requirements sound straightforward except for human nature. Sponsors and managers need to get along. Both need to adapt to each other’s style. But in the real world it is the project manager that often has to give the most. Sponsors can be aloof or passionate, domineering or passive, micromanaging or seemingly disinterested. Project managers need to know how to manage projects according to these constraints that often do not appear in the project charter or the project risk register. This webinar explores different types of sponsors and provides tips on how to manage projects accordingly.
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