A Steering Committee must be set up and become operational from the beginning of the project. The Steering Committee is responsible for taking all key decisions about the project and should be composed of senior managers from the business.

The chair of the Steering Committee has ultimate responsibility for the project. The Project Manager leads the project and is fully accountable for delivering the project described in the Project Definition document.

Action should be taken :

  • Create an atmosphere of trust.
  • Build the right team.
  • Spell everything out for your team up-front.
  • Monitor and give feedback.
  • Keep communication open.
  • Keep the end goal clearly in mind.

The project sponsor is perhaps the second most influential person on the project, after the project manager and in some cases may even wield more influence on project results. - Dave Nielsen

Good Practice: 

  • A senior business sponsor should be identified at the highest possible level in the organisation, and named in the Project Definition document.

Common Mistakes :

  • Wasting time and money on projects that do not have enough sponsorship, commitment or leadership to succeed.
  • Hoping that people who do not commit early, will find time later.
  • Not involving the sponsor with setting direction and keeping the project on track.