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Project Sponsor

Key Question: Does the project sponsor have the authority, political clout and willingness to use them for this type of project?

"If the project manager has the key role in the success or failure of a project, then the project sponsor is certainly next in line. The project sponsor must have the authority and political clout to effectively get things done from the business perspective. This is especially important when dealing with projects that cross functional boundaries, which is more of the norm today. Often a project starts with an initial sponsor who is high on the food chain, such as a Vice President. This person does not have the time to be the sponsor for the entire length of the project because of other responsibilities. The project sponsor role is then handed to one of the original sponsor's lieutenants. The new sponsor should also be able to sign off on budgetary items and have ultimate approval and tie-breaking authority when the team cannot reach a consensus on some issue. The new executive sponsor must also have ultimate authority to approve deliverables and expenses."

The above is an excerpt from a book written by Sanjiv Purba and Joseph Zucchero, published by McGraw-Hill/Osborne, 2100 Powell Street, 10th Floor, Emeryville, California 94608 U.S.A. Sanjiv has over 20 years of experience managing large projects and many years engaged in rescuing ailing projects.