The truth is that most sponsors don’t know how to be a sponsor. The PM doesn’t know how to be a sponsor either; they have plenty to do with their own responsibilities. In truth, some PMs don’t know how to do their role, either, and not having a sponsor just adds to the confusion. This drives frustration, guilt, avoidance, lack of conversation and poor decision making. The PS is supposed to play the strategic role, keeping the project connected to the business problem the project deliverables are designed to solve. Lacking strategy since the PS is not being strategic, PMs run in circles screaming and shouting, delivering what they can and not what they should.
In this LearningFlash, as we celebrate Independence Day, I’m challenging you to be here now and lead on your projects. Lead your project teams, lead your stakeholders, lead you Project Sponsor and lead the way. This month, you’ll read:
- Two Different Playing Fields
- It’s Not Leading if No One is Led: The PS and PM Roles
- 1 + 1 = DONE: Collaborative PM/PS Strategies
- Kick Off: Scenarios to Ponder
- RMA Contest: Last Months $100 winner and this month’s challenge