Notes From A Stress Fest Kimberly Wiefling had an article today on [email protected] (www.projectsatwork.com) giving us a taste of some hard-learned lessons when dealing with project sponsors. Kimberly Wiefling’s sense of humor is something I have always loved. This is a great example education a la entertainment. You can also purchase her book at the PMStudent bookstore by clicking the image to your left. These are the lessons she learned about project sponsors from her exploits.
Don’t assume that you have the decision-making power. It is important to know who the sponsor really is.
Do not assume that your sponsor would approve of the project. It’s not easy to get funding from their boss if they don’t want to. Kimberly’s case shows that executives generated ideas for projects and the CEO made decisions about what to implement. Ideas for improving one division came primarily from another division. This means that the sponsors were not given the task of creating …..
Don’t assume that your sponsor knows their role. Encourage your sponsor to coach you and let them know what support the project will need.
Kimberly, this is a great article!