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Project Manager : April May 2011
17 www.aipm.com.au Project Manager For projects to be successful in doing this they also need to support the project manager, by representing the project to the business, ensuring resourcing commitments are met and using their seniority and networking ability to resolve issues. In the words of one sponsor, they should be the person that’s “taken the project to heart, really understands the project, buys into it, and gives all the support to the project team on the ground that they can”. challenges A major challenge for sponsors is finding the time to do their role well. Good self management is necessary in order to juggle their various roles and make themselves available to provide timely support. These words from one sponsor, provide excellent insight into the challenges they face: “It’s very difficult being a project sponsor, a bit removed from the detail to really understand what people are telling you. You know, that’s probably going to be an issue for any project sponsor to be honest, but you have to just spend the time talking to people, asking questions so that you can get a real understanding of what they’re saying and that’s a big challenge for project sponsors when you’ve got so many other things to do.” Given the importance and challenge of their role it makes sense that sponsors get as much guidance and support as possible to help them do it well. The question remains, how do we get these busy people to realise that it ‘takes two to tango’ and choose to develop their skills and understanding to support successful delivery of projects? soMe sponsoRs have a naTuRal sense of RhyThM... oTheRs aRe RelucTanT paRTneRs tHOUGHt LeaDers •
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