Executives involved in Projects as members of steering committees or sponsors or often wonder how they can help. If you struggle answering this question, Barbee Davis, PMP, from Davis Consulting, provides some examples:
- Advertise the project: As a senior manager, your sponsor has more gravitas and his voice carries more weight than yours.
- Share the Strategy: The more you know about how the projects fits into your company's goals and about the upper level business strategy that led to it's selection and approval, the better the decisions you can make about it.
- Defend the Project: A project in jeopardy will always benefit from an executive fighting for it.
- Motivate the Troops: Your sponsor can attend and speak at your project kickoff meeting. This visible support and explanation of the importance of the endeavor will inspire your team and give you referent power as a project manager.
- Provide Funding: Typically, the Sponsor provides funding for the project in cash or in resources. He will need to know what will be needed and when for the project to stay on track.
- Executive Ears: Your Project Sponsor can keep an ear to the executive pipeline and be alert for anything going on in the organization that could be a negative risk to your project.
If you explain his role in depth, you will have a Project Sponsor that is aware of how he can best support "his" Project ... so yours...