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The Project Sponsor is the individual (often a manager or executive) with overall
accountability for the project.
The Project Sponsor is primarily concerned with ensuring that the project delivers
the agreed business benefits.
The Project Sponsor acts as the representative of the organisation, and plays
a vital leadership role through:
- providing 'championship' for the project, selling and marketing the project
throughout the organisation
- providing business expertise and guidance to the Project Manager
- acting as the link between the project, the business community and perhaps
most importantly, management decision making groups
- acting as an arbitrator and making decisions that may be beyond the authority
of the Project Manager
- acting as chairperson of the Steering Committee.
Typically the Project Sponsor will be responsible for:
- ensuring that the business need is valid and correctly prioritised
- ensuring that the project is properly launched
- ensuring that the project remains a viable business proposition
- ensuring changes to the project are properly managed
- ensuring risks are managed
- establishing the project organisation, roles and reporting structure
- ensuring the project is under control
- approving key project deliverables
- initiating project reviews and supporting the process of review
- resolving issues (typically competition for resources and priority clashes)
that are beyond the control of the Project Manager
- resolving conflict and removing obstacles to progress
- overall quality of the project, both the methods used to develop it and
the end product.
During the life of any project, business circumstances may change considerably,
making it impossible for the Project Manager to carry out his/her job. Examples
are such things as changes of policy, adverse business conditions, etc.
In such cases the Project Sponsor is responsible for recognising and reacting
to any such circumstances.